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

I agree completeley. I have two diabetic friends, who completely abuse their 
diabetes, eating and drinking what they want and to excess. Rarely test 
their BS, and take their meds as and when they remember, but appear to have 
no problems or complications. It  makes me mad when I see their casual 
attitude towards it when despite having a pump and doing everything by the 
book I don't have good control and have lots of complications. We fought for 
two years to get the pump, expecting it to be the end of my troubles, and 
although things are better I still have problems because I have other 
problems that have an effect on my diabetes. I worry myself sick about the 
long term effects of uncontrolled diabetes, and can only hope that when my 
other issues get sorted things will get better.

----- 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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