I got an email from Stuart asking why younger Ds have such a panicked reation to their numbers. First of all, it's because they're young and new to the disease.
-Of course they're freaking out! Assumption of a healthy, unencombered life just got throw out of kilter. We've had plenty of time to adjust.
-When I came down with it in 1962, we had one number to keep track of... either 0,1,2,3, or 3+. We got it by putting a pill in a tube. We took one shot a day. Now Ds are measuring differences between 180 and 186 four times a day and taking many shots or carrying around a pump under their skin all day. I'm not longing for the bad old days; without these advances, I'd be dead now. The payback is that it is more complicated for us.
When I was diagnosed, no one got hysterical in my presence. We just changed everything quite calmly (on the surface anyway). The reaction of parents and relative matters A LOT.
- In 1949, my birth year, the assumption of a disease-free, long life was just beginning. Polio vaccine was relatively new. My parents experienced the devistation of polio and other life-threatening diseases sweeping through schools.
-Anxiety is a new cornerstone of th U.S. Even kids have high blood pressure.