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[IP] Re: childhood illness et al

 I know that as a child leaving the country, we received several 'potent'
vaccines too closely together (logistical oversight?)

 I developed IDDM @ 11, a year or less later, BUT, it was also after a monstrous
growth spurt, which certainly put stress on the body? (As does illness, hormonal
chgs in kids, serious surgeries in adults....)

 My brother developed IDDM 12 yrs later when he was 18, and also going through a
late bloomer growth spurt. Our youngest sister was dx w T2 @ the ripe old age of
-40, much to her dismay

 Three of the three of us w only a paternal grandfather dx w T2 the year prior
to MY dx as D history. But all of us getting those vaccines on a shortened
(against recommendations) schedule......
and each of us getting the diabeasties after a physical stressor 

 Yep, things have changed since the late 60s in terms of treatment.....(thinking
less than fondly on the eggs every day, high protein/fat diet, and D Zerta
gelatin for the hair loss and nails that looked like I was never fed etc....67
lbs @ over 5' tall. Malnutrition was the dx name of the game, I think


> Great story.  I read long ago that child hold disease including mumps and
> measles can also have an impact for the attack on the beta cells of our
> pancreas. I was born in 1950 and we were still on a polio epidemic not to
> mention all the other diseases that were going aground during that time.  I
> got every measles, chic pox, mumps...and got the measles several times.....
> We were poor folks so we would only see the doctor when we had too.  In 1966
> I could pass the eye-exam to get my learner's permit to drive a car.  It was
> within six months after that is when I was treated for diabetes, Type 2.  It
> was a very difficult time for me going through high school living on a
> sandwich for lunch, a potato for dinner and no dessert except for fresh
> fruit.  That is the way we treated diabetes in the 50's.  Then my health
> went bad with weight lost and weakness.  I was going to college and working
> part time to make ends meet.  It was a very stressful time during my
> developing years as a teenager and becoming a young adult.  It was 1968 that
> I decided to switch doctors and see an endocrinologist of which he
> recommended that I go on insulin and start eating a person of my age but
> with some limitations. So I decided to begin injecting insulin.  The
> smartest thing I ever did.  I lived through the progression of technology
> treating diabetes with the inventions of new insulin, glucose monitors and
> now the pump. I have become a pumper for almost 6 weeks.  I like it and
> wished I had done so earlier.  I think it was more the cost and education
> that was holding me back.  I have been on several insulin studies and have
> learned a lot on how to count carbs, insulin ratios, sensitivity ratios...
> and more.  So I felt it was time for me to step up to the plate and become a
> pumper.  I chose the Animas Ping.  It was user friendly and if anyone tested
> as often as I do with glucose monitor (6-8 times per day) then the Ping was
> an easy transition.  My regular endocrinologist of 25 years finally retired
> so I chose a younger endo which was very knowledgeable and insulin pumps.  I
> asked her the question why should I go on a pump, and she simply said, "If
> she ever became a diabetic she certainly would chose a pump over taking
> multiple injections."  
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