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

Hi Diana

I can understand that as a teenager taking your meds regular and following 
advise is not a priority. I have a 17  year old daughter with epilepsy and 
touretts and although she hates the conditions I still have to nag her every 
day to take her medications. However the friends of mine that are diabetic 
are both pushing 50, and were both diagnosed before me and were full of 
advise and information when I was diagnosed and therfore are aware of the 
complications. We go to a quiz each week with one of them and she spends the 
entire evening eating crisps and mini cheddars and drinking Britvic 55(30% 
sugars) without bating an eyelid! She even goes home to Lemon meranguine pie 
and cream. I sit there with my water and testing strips. We went into 
Manchester with the other diabetic friend last week for my husbands 50th, my 
friend drank pints of cider for 5 hours and then tucked into a Mxican loaded 
with carbs and didnt test once.  I was alternating halfs of lager with water 
and choose the lowest carb meal on the menu and was testing every couple of 
hours. It seems no matter how hard I try I just can't get it right.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Diana Maynard" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, June 16, 2008 9:31 AM
Subject: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #1385 - Complications

>I used to be like that in my teens and if you looked at me and my lifestyle 
>you'd have said the same thing. however it caught up with me later 
>(although I felt and looked fine at the time) and now have severe 
>retinopathy and am registered blind.  On the other hand my dad (also type 
>I) was like me and did everything wrong for years, and still has no real 
>complications after 55 years of being diabetic! Chances are your friends 
>will suffer later though if they continue as they are, have you tried 
>talking to them at all about it? As a child and teenager noone really told 
>me that I should take more care of myself or gave me any support with it, 
>and since I felt fine I thought I was invincible. Turned out I wasn't.
> Di
> Tom Falconer wrote:
>> Deb,
> > I am sorry to say that I was one of those lucky so-and-so's for many 
> > years.?
> It
>> is only in the last eight years that I have had problems controlling my 
>> blood
> > sugars, and before that I rarely did blood tests, or bothered measuring 
> > food
> or
>> anything.? Now, though, things are very different.? Luckily I do not have 
>> any
>> retinopathy problems, or other complications beyond trigger finger and 
>> frozen
>> shoulder.? Perhaps it is genetic, but then, so is diabetes...
>> Tom
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: deb.wardle123 <email @ redacted>
>> To: email @ redacted
>> Sent: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:17
> > Subject: [?? Probable Spam] 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.
>> Deb
>> ----- 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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