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Re: [IP] Free at last



Ken

IT is soooo good to hear how the transplant went for you!  We need to hear
ALL the good stories!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kenneth Bernstein" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 1:32 PM
Subject: [IP] Free at last


> Hi All,
>
> On May 30th I was transplanted for the second time at the Diabetes
Research
> Institute in Miami with 500,000 islet cells.  My pump was disconnected
just
> before the surgery and I have been insulin independent since the surgery.
>
> Each patient is different as size is a big factor in determining how many
> islets are necessary to make enough insulin for total independence.  In my
> case I am 5'11" and weigh 182 pounds.  Th Edmonton Trial is taking people
> who weigh less than 155 pounds. I was fortunate to be selected to the DRI
> protocol where weight was not the main factor.
>
> For the first 30 hours post surgery the islets kept my blood sugars at
> normal levels and then the cells sort of have a nervous breakdown as they
> make their own blood supply and get used to their new home in my liver.  I
> am still off insulin but my blood sugars are a little elevated.  This
> morning I was fasting at 150.
>
> There are lots of medications I must take but the trade off is well worth
it
> for me.  After taking insulin for 47 years and worrying about all of the
> awful complications diabetes has to offer I am grateful that I don't have
> those worries anymore.
>
> I read all of the studies regarding the anti-rejection drugs and have
found
> the known side effects to be minimal so far.  I have had very slight side
> effects that have all gone away since the first transplant in March of
2002.
>
> I will still upgrade my 508 to a Paradigm just incase.
>
>  So far this has been a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to now be
> "free at last"
>
>
> Ken Bernstein
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