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Subject: [IP] veterans


What an interesting story!  It is good to hear the advances made in
treating this monster of a disease.  As the mother of a 9 year old
diabetic, it is encouraging to learn of the progress being made.  Amelia
was also diagnosed at age 6 and on a pump at age 7.  Thank God for
progress.  I hpe you get that artificial pancreas that you so deserve!


Mom to Amelia, 9, D 1-00, P 12-00

Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 20:31:04 -0600
From: "Barbara Ziegler" <email @ redacted>
Subject: [IP] veterans

I probably qualify as a veteran, being diagnosed in 1964 at age 6.  My
became insulin dependent in 1945 as a teenager.  It's spooky when I think
close he was to the time of the discovery of insulin.  It was a total
shoot then, and not much better for me.  Before they knew I was diabetic,
mother tested my urine with my dad's Clinitest when she heard me get up 4
times one night to go to the bathroom.  It was 4+ (very high level of
sugar in
the urine.)  She called my physician, who said to wait and watch me for!
weeks (???!!).  Fortunately, my parents were sophisticated patients, and
called dad's specialist in Philadelphia (we were in a small town in
who said to get me to a hospital immediately.

I had fasting glucoses drawn every 6 months, and my insulin dosage was
on that.  At some point, the doc got the bright idea to also test me at
the same day to get two readings.  I had a severe insulin reaction once
the night when I was 8, and that scared the doc so much he lowered my
to the point that I was always ketotic, and periodically in ketoacidosis.

When I was about 16, my diabetic camp had a prototype home blood glucose
monitor.  I could see the benefits immediately, even as a kid.  The idea
I could find out my blood sugar at any moment was incredible.  I was
later to hear that physicians weren't promoting these to their patients
because they figured the pa! tients would never stick themselves.  I
start on the Chemstrips (without a meter) until I was 22, when I had an
enlightened physician.

I've now been on the pump for 10 years, and am in really good shape for
my 39
years of diabetes.  Now top on my want list is an artificial pancreas!
Barbara Ziegler


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