September 11, 2014
I wanted to write a blog today about the use of immunosuppressant therapy and the possibility of using these drugs to suspend the damage caused by the autoimmune system in early type 1 diabetics. It is evolving science and it might work as a way to suspend damage to the islets cells in the pancreas in early detection patients. There are obvious issues, like when can patients start the drug therapy, how long would it have to go on and is it even ethical to test such a system on humans given the possible damage to people who had not yet experienced symptoms of type 1 diabetes. I got interested in this issue at a JDRF conference where a scientist dismissed the idea out of hand. However, as you may know I routinely use immune suppressant drugs to hold the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis at bay. No they are not a cure for RA but they have given me and many others a portion of our lives back.
The thing is I cannot do it today, September 11, 2014. The 13th anniversary of what we in the United States have come to call 911. According to CNN 2,753 people perished in the world trade center on September 11, 2001. As the twin towers came down I was watching the events on TV, as were many Americans, and I honestly I thought the structures would survive. In retrospect that was a naive notion, but it was the one I held while I watched the tragedy unfold on TV.
While I watched the events on TV unfold, my first and also naive thought was about the diabetics at the scene that day. I know what emotion does to my blood sugar. I drop like a two ton ball from a 90 foot crane. So my thought was oh goodness as people are struggling to get out what happens if they have a low blood sugar? It makes sense that of the 2,753 a fair number were diabetics and while no one knows the reaction of those diabetics when they were trying to get…