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Re: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications

Hi Mary and Melissa

How I agree with every word you and Melissa have said.  I was about to write 
fairly similar words. so. thank you.  I am very pleased you have escaped 
complications so far and you may be correct about the 30 year comment.  My 
problems began after 25 years.  As you say, everything is so much better now 
but for me, I remember the 60s well and I think the harm was done then when 
we used more primitive ways to measure blood glucose and lived a lot of our 
lives in hospital when things went wrong.  Thank heavens for what we have 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Moody" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2008 5:54 PM
Subject: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications

> How I agree with Melissa. I get really angry when people accuse diabetics
> with complications of not managing their condition properly.
> I have been exceptionally lucky - My last consultant said if you could hit
> the 30 year mark without any life threatening complications then you would
> probably get through without any at all. At 40 years he told me he had 
> only
> two other patients who had had Type 1 for over 40 years. When I asked him
> what happened to the rest his answer was "they all died off somewhere 
> along
> the way".
> When I told him my niece and nephew had developed Type 1 his answer was 
> "if
> they have the same genes as you they will be fine".
> I can remember being lectured in my teens (1960s) that if I wasn't careful 
> I
> would be blind at 30 and dead before I was 40 - however, then the methods 
> of
> controlling diabetes were pretty crude.
> Improvements in care have advanced dramatically - when I was diagnosed
> (1954) the only way of testing for sugar was to boil up my urine with
> Fehling solution over the gas ring - not an incentive to test at all! Not
> sure what we would have done if we hadn't had gas . No wonder so many 
> people
> died young and became blind.
> We all moan about difficulties in getting pumps, bad tempered DSN's, etc,
> etc, but I think we should all just step back sometimes and appreciate how
> good things are for us. We at least have access to testing, advice, eye
> screening and regular reviews of our condition. Many of us do have
> complications, and often its not down to anything they have or have not 
> done
> . and please don't think I don't sympathise with those in that position - 
> I
> can understand their anger and frustration.
> Mary Moody
> .
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