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Re: [IP] Diabetes for Christmas
- Subject: Re: [IP] Diabetes for Christmas
- From: email @ redacted
- Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 09:36:16 EDT
I was diagnosed 12/18/67 at 8 and a half years old. Poor Santa Claus bit the
dust that year. Unlike most people my mother had documented the volume of
liquids I had been consuming. My diagnosis blood glucose was less than 180.
Mother was really on the ball!
Also unlike most other people, I was not hospitalized. I have a feeling that
it was because Mom and Dad did not have a good insurance plan and since my
glucose wasn't that High, my doctor didn't see the necessity of it. Mistake
First time, and actually the only time I have been hospitalized strictly
because of out of control diabetes was August 73--five and a half years after
diagnosis. Mistake number two. They kept me in the hospital 7-10 days to
get me stabilized. Weird, now we all know that we should be stabilized in
NORMAL situations, not in a hospital setting. Also, these were the days of
only urine testing so they were taking venous blood from my arm four times a
day. Also, I started my freshman year of high school almost two weeks late
because of this hospitalization. Due to the inactivity in the hospital,
everyday for a week, I came home from school with my legs hurting so badly
that I sat in a warm bath for almost 30 minutes and just cried. Realize that
just before I was admitted it would be nothing for me to ride my 2 speed
bicycle (stop and go) twenty mile or so.
Mistake number three--these were the days that they did not have U100
insulin. So I came out of the hospital taking 15 units of Regular, and 70
units of NPH every morning. The stupid thing about this was I still had to
take two shots since 85 units of insulin does not fit into a U80 syringe, why
didn't they have me take at least two shots and split the doses better? I
would have had so much better control and would not have been a slave to that
4 PM NPH peak?
Have had multiple hospitalizations but never strictly for the diabetes.
Sometimes the diabetes has caused me to be hospitalized an additional day,
but that is it. Actually I am relatively healthy for having the big D 32
diagnosed 12/67, pumping since 1/84, two healthy boys born 4/90 & 1/93.
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