Type1 for 30 Plus Years


Type1 for 30 Plus Years

For those who've had Type 1 diabetes for a long time. I don't really care how long. Just long.

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You Did Not Take Good Care Of Yourself???

Started by Richard157. Last reply by artwoman Jul 17. 13 Replies

Those of us who have been type 1 for a very long time have probably dealt with a lot of ignorance from people giving us bad advice. Has anyone ever told you that "You Did Not Take Care Of Yourself"?…Continue

Joslin Medalist Program

Started by Emily Coles. Last reply by shoshana27 Jun 8. 55 Replies

Hey fellow D long-timers,If you've had diabetes for 50 years or more, you're eligible for a…Continue

Tags: medalist, gold medal, Joslin

Our minds, our thinking... ???

Started by Stuart. Last reply by Stuart Jun 5. 25 Replies

Consider with this much experience, how has diabetes fundamentally effected the ways you think about & filter things?!?!How has our diabetes changed our psychology whether we are aware of it or…Continue

Tags: effects, mental-diabetes, floss, psychological, behavior

Osteoporosis meds?

Started by Marypat. Last reply by Sue R. Feb 27. 3 Replies

Are there any T1s who are taking meds for osteoporosis? What is your experience? I have seen 4 doctors and have 4 different opinions and still no treatment plan.Continue

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Comment by Troy K. Childers on July 17, 2014 at 11:41am

Hello fellow lifers...I'll be hitting 38 years T1D in November.

Comment by lisa c on July 10, 2014 at 2:49am

Agree Soshanna! We are so blessed! I try to see " ignorant statements" as time for educating . usually its helping people understand the difference in T1 and T2.

Comment by shoshana27 on July 10, 2014 at 1:53am

after having lived with T1 for over 77 years who cares what people say
just keep smiling

Comment by Carol on July 9, 2014 at 5:47pm
I remember those tabs too, and peeing into a Dixie cup, and the test tube... How about the first Dexcomoter(can't remember if it was Dexcomoter or Glucomoter, any way) it plugged into the wall, was the size of a shoebox and you had to wait, I think, about 5 minutes for the result, but it was so much better than the urine testing!! We have come a long way. It's so encouraging to hear about others leading a healthy and active lifestyle. I just hit my 37th year in May. I am determined to be complication free for as long as I can!
Comment by Tab on July 9, 2014 at 5:37pm
I hit the 40 year mark this summer. Can't remember exactly when but definitely in the summer. I remember the clinitest tablets for testing, and boiling syringes. Wow how far things have come, thank goddess. I got my first blood glucose moniter, sometime in the early 80's. My stepdad sold a piece of his beloved stereo equipment to buy it for me, and now they give them away for free. From one needle a day to 2 needles a day, to many needles a day, and today no needles as I'm on a pump. It's nice to sit back and see how far we have come.
Comment by Eric on July 9, 2014 at 4:58pm
Hey Shoshana27,
That's great,hon. Keep going strong. Stories like your keep me positive about the future
Comment by Eric on July 9, 2014 at 4:46pm
Wow Dhoshana....78 years, that's great. Gives me hope for the future.
Comment by Terrie on June 21, 2014 at 12:35pm

Hi Richard, Shosh and Everyone!!

I was dxd. at age 3 in 1961. So that makes it 52.5 years with D for me. It's Great to see so many of us here still kicking Butt.

Sounds like I'm lucky that I didn't have to use the Benedict technique like Richard, Shoshana and others had to. I think using those long needles, boiling the syringes and having Dad sharpen the needles was barbaric enough compared to today. Not to forget the dangerous boiling result of mixing water, urine and Clinitest tab together. I hope no one got hurt testing with those.

I was not allowed to take my Insulin supplies or testing equipment to school or anywhere else. It always stayed at home.

I was using the Clinitest still in 1978, then I switched to the Chemstrip. I wasn't too fussy about this way of testing since my Boyfriend and I could usually not agree on what colour it was on. :)

I happily received my first meter(Glucometer by Ames) in 1987. I had seen an ad in the Ottawa Citizen offering a free meter to Diabetics who wanted to try the meter for 2 weeks and then answer some questions about the meter.

True to their word, a Lad came over and asked the questions and handed me back the meter with a smile,"It's yours", he said. I was so thrilled. It was worth $250.00 back then which I couldn't have afforded. I think using the meter was my first real step in getting better control of my Diabetes.

That was Very Nice of you Theodore. I'm sure that they appreciated the help.

Comment by Theodore Quick on June 21, 2014 at 8:41am

The only time I remember hearing about Benedict's Solution was when I was talking (via email) with a Cuban mother about her 7 year old Type 1 son. She was so distressed by trying to control based ONLY on Benedict's Solution testing that she asked me for help.
So I found a charity that actually supplies medicines and advanced support technology to Cuba by routing it through Mexico. Talked them into taking an extra meter I had, a fair number of test strips and some batteries directly to her on their next delivery so she had at least a short term chance to gain some kind of control with him.
I haven't heard from them in some years now, hope he's still doing well.

Comment by john on June 20, 2014 at 10:52pm

To Tom_B? Sent an email requesting info on Benedict's solution?

The wiki here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict%27s_reagent

This stuff can still be purchased, but you may have to put in a special request to the pharmacy. Some pharmacists still use this reagent for other purposes as described on that wiki.


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