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[IP] Kids Don't Try this At Home
Old Time Thrills-
In 1972 I got the notion to hitch hike through Europe. No meters, glass
syringe and all. I had my Clinitest kit and my glass syringe was in kept in
some kind of metal case with a stopper on the end - I filled the case with
alcohol and was off.
I figured I'd be okay for a few MONTHS! My heart races when I think about
this now. I had gone to Mexico in 1967 as a member of an all girl crew
(escort boat from the Newport to Manzanilla yacht race) but at least then I
had a kitchen - okay a galley- to boil my syringe in.
I was gone 3 months and lived to tell about it, so backpacking thru
Europe seemed possible. Even then I was head strong about not letting
diabetes get in the way of my life - even if it killed me, I guess.
In 1973 I decided to hitch hike thru Guatemala. I remember having insulin
air dropped into Tikal in the middle of the jungle. Sanitary facilities
made gas station restrooms look clean. In fact in the jungle a rest room
would've been a luxury. I can remember looking for those huge 26 Gauge
needles in the pharmacy (easy to get without a prescription in Mexico!) and
filing off the nobs (whatever you call them -burrs maybe?) with a purloined
emery board from a beauty parlor ?? I took whatever kind of insulin I could
get. That was back in the U40 U80 days and I quickly learned I could figure
out how to adjust the amounts when there was nary an endo for miles. It
made me a sassy "non-compliant" diabetic for a lot of doctors later.
Every time my pump or meter malfunctions now, I try to recall how remarkable
my body is and how strong my will to get through anything.
Micro-management may be a great course of action for some who have the time
and desire, and maybe even for me AT TIMES. But not all the time. Not
even most of it. I am a person first who HAS diabetes - it doesn't have me
(at least not yet!)
Off the soap box. (But will undoubtedly get back on later <g>.
I'm sure I've trotted this story out before - mainly because I always am
amazed that the central character was Moi! In retrospect I don't know how I
managed this- really- just goes to show you how resourceful insulin
dependent diabetics can be - even WAY back then.
Dianne - 34 3/4 years T 1
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