Seniors With Diabetes


Seniors With Diabetes

Are you 55 or older? Do you have questions, experiences, or issues you would like to discuss? No matter what type of diabetes you have, join us.

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Started by Zoe. Last reply by GRBernard Mar 1. 9 Replies

So yesterday I had one of my regular lunches, but one that is on the higher carb side - fruit salad for 37 carbs. When i tested before lunch I was 69 so I thought I'd stall and not pre-bolus as I…Continue

length of diabetes

Started by shoshana27. Last reply by Linda G Dec 7, 2013. 7 Replies

i am 80 & have had t1 for 77 years since i was not yet 3.went through ww2 in france & came to the usa with my parents in 1952.have 3 children & 5 grandkids.Continue

Where Do You Order Insulin Pump Supplies?

Started by Gerry. Last reply by shoshana27 Dec 7, 2013. 2 Replies

When I ordered my quarterly pump supplies today, I was informed by the Liberty Medical rep that they no long dispense insulin. The biggest reason I did business with Liberty was that they (were) a…Continue

Spare Tires (and not on my car)

Started by lotsofshots. Last reply by Kristi Sep 29, 2013. 14 Replies

This seems trivial, but . . . the older I get the bigger my spare tire seems to expand. I have a pretty normal body in every other way but it seems like my stomach is getting bigger by the month.…Continue

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Comment by Richard157 on October 7, 2011 at 7:25am
Bikette, my ouija board consisted of two doctors, both of whom told me that I would not live beyond my 40s. I am now 78, have been T1 for 66 years, and am very healthy.
I used to think that people who lived a long time and stayed healthy, were meant to do so because they had an important purpose or function to perform, I have often wondered why I have lived so long. I have never felt I was achieving anything so important, since I retired from teaching in 1997. Then I found the diabetes websites online, and began contributing to the conversations and giving advice and support. I learned so much about diabetes. At least 90% of my knowledge about diabetes has come from my research and my fellow diabetics online. I don't contribute very much to tudiabetes because there is so much support and good advice given by experienced and knowledgeable people like yourself. There are many groups on Facebook where there are not many experienced diabetics, and poor advice is frequently given. There are groups for parents of diabetic children, and the moms there appreciate me since I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6, and have lived a long, healthy life. They ask me many questions and appreciate my being there. I can easily identify with these groups and feel at home there. Many of them have read the book I wrote about my life with diabetes.
Comment by bikette on October 7, 2011 at 6:36am
Flipper - Living longer IS an achievement! And living longer with diabetes is a testament to good medicine but mostly to good attitude and good management on your part. When I was a kid a ouija board told me I would not live past my 38th birthday and I lived my younger years with that in my mind, buried, but there. Perhaps if I had given more consideration to being here in later life, I might have been a bit kinder to some of my body parts back then. I don't regret the chances I took and the ones I got away with, but if I'd known how much a back can hurt, I might have spent more energy on my landings in some sports and less on 'scoring the point'.
I wrote a column some time ago - around this time of year when days were getting shorter and another one of those 'birth anniversaries' loomed all too near. Perhaps some of you OLD people might get a wee chuckle from a little jaded philosophy:
(Note, when this column was first published, Thanksgiving Day happened to land on Oct. 14)

This New Year's Eve, when you raise a toast to the beginning of your next diet, don't forget to add a quick blessing for my mother. After all she was born on December 31st many moons ago and assumes SHE is the reason everyone is celebrating. Then, next September, perhaps you could remember my Dad whose mother was in labour on Labour Day, way back when that sort of activity was so terribly laborious. If that's not enough, you could blame your tax headaches on my much older brother who was dragged into this world on the ominous Ides of March. But save your major appreciation for this writer since you will most likely be giving thanks on my birthday this month - thanks that I'm not related to you, no doubt.
The nice man at the licence renewal office asked me when my birthday was, ostensibly so he could send me a card, and I told him: "October 14th". He continued "What year?" I answered "Every year! I get a cake and everything". Some public servants have no sense of humour.
It seems the older I get, the better I used to be. The biggest mistake I ever made was turning 40. I will never do that again! The very next night I was at a lingerie party and found I couldn't read the small print on the sales form. "Wow", I thought, "Does this old age stuff ever happen fast! Near-sighted today, menopausal tomorrow; by
next week I'll be forgetting my surname, and they'll bury me by Christmas!" The blurred vision turned out to be caused by a medicine I was taking at the time, but I'll never forget how quickly ye olde bawde deteriorated just by passing that millstone... er milestone. I wonder how old you have to be to die of old age? Then again, I guess feeling young is the next best thing to being there.
Well, it's been quite a few years since I turned 40 although it seems to take me about ten years to get used to how old I am. Like most Boomers, I grew up in the 60's, but not until the 70's. I can't tell you my age since it's an unlisted number, but I take some solace in admitting that I'm only 14 Celsius, give or take a degree. Don't you find it disconcerting to realize that the styrofoam cup you're drinking from may well outlive you? If you get old enough, will they eventually discontinue your blood type? After spending half my life in a gymnasium, I finally figured out that the length of time you live longer by working out is exactly equal to the length of time you spend working out. So I might as well join a group of seniors and get wrapped up in a rousing game of Strip Mah-jongg, since the only exercise I'm getting these days are my mood swings.
So happy birthday to me and welcome to the metallic years: silver hair, gold teeth, lead bottom. Nevertheless, I guess it's better to be over the hill than under it!
Comment by flipper on October 6, 2011 at 4:50pm
Pastelpainter, I really have never thought of living longer and achievement. I have been diabetic so long I guess I think that it is "normal." Certainly I don't feel like a victim. Diabetes has so many potential negatives that one could feel lousy all of the time. Paying very close attention to your body really does make a difference. Regarding the Joslin medal, I should be so lucky. (I think it is time to get back to those word games.)
Comment by Pastelpainter on October 6, 2011 at 1:40pm
Thanks Flipper Keep it up, we're proud of all that you have achieved with your diabetes.
Comment by Natalie ._c- on October 5, 2011 at 9:54pm
Good job, flipper!! Just a few more years, and you'll qualify for that Joslin 50-year medal! See, not EVERYONE has to be diagnosed as a child in order to get it! :-)
Comment by flipper on October 5, 2011 at 9:43pm
Hi everyone. I've been a TuDiabetes member for about 2 years and frankly have mostly been playing word games on this site. I do have something to say to seniors; and all others for that matter. I am 76 and T1 diagnosed at age 32. I have been pumping insulin for the past 15 years. I am confident that the pump has extended my life. Frankly, I lead a "normal" life in retirement. To explain, I don't feel sick. I remain physically active and have had the good fortune to travel the world and to visit each of the seven continents. I have some simple rules. Test a lot (7-8 times a day.) and do everything you can to control your blood pressure (Mine's really out of whack so a fistful of pills really helps) and stay physically fit. I see that Pastelpainter and Linda Gauvin-Miller are spending time here so this group surely is a good one. It does look as though I have stepped into the Lioness's den. I have read Judith's most recent comment and I need to assure her that not all men are "dirty old men" and that physician's who violate you in any way should be reported to the appropriate medial board.
Comment by Cassie on October 5, 2011 at 5:10pm
Hello, I am type 1 for over 35 years. I havea most of the complications that come with those years.
Comment by Pastelpainter on October 5, 2011 at 2:27pm
Hey Judith, hope your cane is a nice heavy one with a hearty thwack behind it.
Comment by Pastelpainter on October 5, 2011 at 2:26pm
LOL Natalie, I think both apply at times!
Comment by Linda G on October 5, 2011 at 4:23am
Well...ya know, neither am I....and I am shocked when I am seen as a my heart and in my mind, I'm still 25 (but a mature 25!) I am still very active and with my fingers in every pie.

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