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Re: [IPk] Re: Funding
In a message dated 11/23/2002 7:51:22 PM GMT Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
> . I wouldn't come off the pump for even two weeks because the difference
> the thing has madeto my life over the past few months has been
> unbelievable. I would go so far as to say I have lost many years of my
> life because of the diabetes. Before I went on the pump I thought the
> problems I had were just me: Moods, vision, pains that couldn't be
> diagnosed etc etc. Since been on hte pump my HBA1c has come down from 8.9
> to 6.5 at the last count and thats in less than a year. I don't need to
> get up to pee during the night. I wake up alive rather than staggering
> around for the first few mins as though I were half drunk. Loads of other
> stuff too.
Julian, that says it!
May I share my experience?
The pump has changed my life too. My last HbA1c was 7.4 (I was usually
getting values between 9 and 12). Not only that - as many have mentioned,
the pump flattens out results - before, I'd maybe get an average "dreadful"
bg of 12 (if I was lucky!) mmol/l, but the fact I'd been swinging between bgs
of 2 and 30 would not be recognised. I don't get this any more, the pump has
made the difference. I have most of the complications in the book, which
really could have been avoided if I'd been on a pump for the last 10 - 15
years. Perhaps it's because I'm now 30 years down the line that I too can't
get funding. I work part-time these days, partly because of visual problems,
and funding could make a real difference.
IDDM 30+, 508 2yrs
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