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[IP] early diagnosis



Eileen Becker asked:  >How many people here were diagnosed early by just >a 
routine blood test or the such?  ...I know there are a lot of people >out 
here who found out because they were coma'd...

Because my older brother had developed diabetes a few years before I did, my 
parents were hyper-aware of the symptoms and the minute I started being 
thirsty and urinating a bit more than usual, they tested me and took me to 
the doctor.  I never even noticed anything myself and I never got sick.  I 
was 9.

A few years earlier, however, my older brother went into a coma before the 
incompetent doctor my mother was taking him to could figure out what was 
wrong.  Astonishing as it may sound, the doctor never tested his blood 
sugar. (Mom had taken him to the doctor repeatedly, but to no avail.  When 
Tom was taken to the emergency room in a coma, the nurse knew the minute she 
walked into the room because of the ketone smell.)

This was all about 40 years ago.  I hope doctors, even in the most remote 
rural areas, are more educated about diabetes now.

Arlie Sims
Chicago
email @ redacted

Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 16:12:06 EDT
From: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] early diagnosis/

How many people here were diagnosed early by just a routine blood test or 
the
such?

Liek I know there are a lot of people out here who found out because they
were coma'd
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