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Re: [IP] Day 1

In a message dated 3/2/2001 10:14:23 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

<< I lived through my whole childhood with diabetes and I can remeber how it 
 felt to have to monitor blood sugare levels as well as take injections at 
 school. >>


When did you start testing blood sugars and giving shots at school?  I've 
been diabetic 38 years (almost as long as your 39) and was still on one shot 
a day and urine tests all through grammar school.  In high school I switched 
to two shots and they started to have glycocylated hemoglobin tests.  I 
didn't test myself until I was in my 20s, and didn't own a glucometer until I 
got pregnant at 30 (and was covered by my husband's insurance).

I know I could have gotten better care in my 20s, but I did see diabetes 
specialists.  It's just that without those uniform care standards we've been 
talking about, they weren't particularly motivated to push a young woman with 
HMO coverage to consider other options and get better care.

Could I have been testing my own blood in school?  If that's true, I really 
wish we had care standards.

Jane Holzka
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