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[IP] Re: College & Diabetes
I can't help responding to this thread. Next year I plan to attend my
50th college reunion at Swarthmore College. I have been Type 1 since I
was 10. At Swarthmore the men's dorm had (and still has) six sections,
and you had to go outside to get from one section to another section.
Absolutely no refrigerators in the dorm rooms. The only available
refrigerator was in the infirmary, which was in one of the six sections.
I lived in that section for one of the four years. That was when we
survived on one shot of long acting insulin per day, so every morning I
had to walk to the infirmary to get my insulin, take it back to my room,
prepare the injection, take it, and then take the insulin back to the
infirmary. I used a 2cc (because I was taking more than 80 units of U-80
insulin) glass syringe stored in a B-D metal tube filled with alcohol.
Blood sugar was a complete unknown, so control was not nearly as tight
then as it is now, so there wasn't any need to keep food in the
refrigerator. Sugar cubes and canned fruit juice were used for the
relatively rare hypos (because usually I was spilling sugar in the
urine) and for bedtime snacks.
There were no special provisions for exams, and I don't remember ever
needing food during an exam, except maybe sugar cubes. I had a special
arrangement with the dining room to get fruit for dessert with lunch and
supper. The rest of the meals were whatever they were serving (no
choices). I had to try and estimate food exchanges to somehow match the
long acting insulin (I think it was Globin, made by Burroughs-Wellcome).
I think things have changed since then! Fortunately.
dx 12/1942, 506 1995, 508 2000
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