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 Baby Peanut on June 20, 2014 at 9:02pm

ah, clinitest :) dx'd in 1963, shortly before i turned 3. uh huh, 5 drops of urine, 10 drops of water. & an acetest if 3 or 4+. never did the benedicts', that sounds like a blast :) that photo was interesting, i recall a gray plastic box that held the test tube, eye dropper & i think maybe the acetest pills, the clinitest came in a larger bottle. i used to occasionally burn myself on the test tube, a hazard of boiling acid :) yeah, hearing about this stuff for people who weren't around for it is kind of like trying to explain vinyl lp's & walkman's to people who weren't around for that. yeah uh huh(really don't get it)but that's ok. being through what we've been through really makes us who we are. i've been looked down upon for not having a pump or a cgm, but things are what they are & were what they were. it was very nostalgic to go back to those days.

Comment by MikeMack on June 19, 2014 at 3:48pm

Bringing back lots of memories from the early days. And you all make me feel so young with diabetes! :) It's nice to be in a group that can truly feel my pain!

Comment by Clinitest on June 19, 2014 at 2:51pm

Oh yes, the dreaded Acitest test, thanks for the reminder there Melinda. Richard, the Benedict's solution sounds terrible. I do recall reading about that. Too bad you were never exposed to Clinitest later on. I had to Goolgle this and it appears that it may have come out around 1942. But, it may not have been readily available until later.


Notice in the picture the high tech test tube holder (click on the picture)LOL

I personally was never fond of Tes-Tape even though I did use it. It was extremely hard to tell how much sugar you really had in your urine. I could never differentiate the colors of green it turned. I basically used it just to see if I had sugar...that was it.

Comment by Cora on June 19, 2014 at 1:41pm

He Melinda. I was dxd in 1966. In my day (when I was finally old enough to do the test) clinitest had evolved to 2 drops of urine to 10 drops of water. And yup, there was a several hour delay between urine and blood as it takes that long for the urine to collect. Do you take your meter to the lab with you? Every time I have labs drawn I take my meter and then compare the test to the labdraw. That way I know that my current meter always reads 4 - 6 % higher than the lab.

Comment by melindalaw on June 19, 2014 at 1:24pm

I was dxed in 1960. Clinitest was the test. Five drops of urine, mixed with ten drops of water in a big test tube and voila. The four colors, blue, green, brown and mustard told you how much sugar you had in your urine, but I later was told that the test can really only show what your urine had three hours before. I don't know if that is true. Oh and yes, Acitest, two drops of urine on top of the pill, and if it turns pinkish, hello keytones.
I try to tell people what it was like then, but mostly I get blank stares. And to think I did that four times a day as a kid. Maybe I should think about that more often so I can be grateful for my blood glucose testing that I do all the time. At least I know it is accurate.

Comment by Sue R. on June 19, 2014 at 1:09pm

Joslin required 1 Benedict's and 2 Clinitest per day in 1968.

Comment by shoshana27 on June 19, 2014 at 1:02pm


Comment by shoshana27 on June 19, 2014 at 12:57pm

richard hello.....of course i remember

Comment by Richard157 on June 19, 2014 at 12:37pm

How about the years before Clinitest? I think that Shoshana remembers the Benedict's solution, a test tube, adding several drops of urine, and boiling on the stove for testing urine. I did that for more than 20 years before using tes-tape. I was never told about clini-test, so I never used it.

Comment by GrandmaKissy on June 19, 2014 at 12:36pm

Hey, Clinitest! I remember the first glucose meter I ever bought, in the late 70's. I took money out of a savings account to buy the meter because it cost about $500. I also cut the strips. Can't remember what they cost, but I didn't test very often. The lancet was like a tiny v-shaped razor blade and wasn't automatic. OUCH!!


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