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Re: [IP] Reflections on what we say and DON'T say!
Thank you Natalie!
I can remember as a kid being hustled home by my mother from New Jersey,
because I had been throwing up and not eating, and finally, gasping for
breath. She stopped a New Jersey policeman on the road and said she had to
get me to a hospital, and he took one look at me and agreed. One day later
my Mom discharged me from the hospital and FLEW to Baltimore, where once
again - admitted into ER.
The point of this story - while in the Baltimore hospital in the ER, I was
next to the stretcher of a lady who told me her sister had died before
insulin was DISCOVERED!!!
I was a kid at the time, and have no good idea really of how old this lady
was, but I
remember how emotional she was about telling me of her sister and how she
missed her. I have never forgotten! I often wonder how that lady's sister
would have survived if she had the things we have today - and I am VERY
grateful! Sad, yes, but greatful for the dogs that Drs Banning and Best
tested! Grateful for the insulin that keeps me alive, and VERY grateful for
my glucometer, because I remember those days of carrying my big ole gray
test kit with those Clinitest tablets, and the combination of urine and
water ONLY gave you a color! You had to guess at the number!! AND you had
also to carry an eye dropper with a urine collector!
So, yes - it's NOT perfect - I'd like constant BGs at 100 or so. But a
diabetic's life has improved a lot! In the old days, they had to keep food
locked up behind bars becuase diabetics would go to any lengths to break in
and get the "illegal" food! Now - we go to McDonald's with impunity! So
MUCH to be grateful for! Try not to forget that! I sometimes on this pump
forget how far we've come, and have to remind myself! Insulin was only
discovered in 1917? 1919 (?) and we've gained a lot of ground since then!
Take care, Pumpers, and be kind to yourselves! Jane
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