I belong to a few D-OC (diabetic online communites) and one of my first ones I joined up to is Tudiabetes. I have made many friendships with other PWD's (people with diabetes) - and one of those is Danny, who has posted blog here occassionally at Diabetes1.org and recently posted a great discussion about Diabetes Timeline . I'm afraid my contribution is pretty lame, since I have never kept a diary of my years of having diabetes, but some of the other entries are very good and well worth reading. Take a gander at what I had posted in the discussion - and maybe you'll want to saunter over to Tudiabetes to either join up or if you are a member there - perhaps place you own timeline story.
This is tough – as I’ve never really kept a written record of my diabetes (have been reading some of yours - and they are so accurate - I feel like such a dumb dumb putting my contribution in here - as it's not very accurate). Anyway, I just had diabetes – and lived with it – and never started to “analyze” it until joining up to the D-OC believe it or not (and any diaries I’ve come across make no mention of diabetes – just usual girl stuff, my gerbils, where to stuff the mess in my bedroom to please my clean freak Mum, etc.).
1966-1967 – Age 6 – not well those years – chicken pox – losing weight – bed wetting (made parents VERY angry) – just remember being in the old farts section of hospital (diabetic children were under 1% of diabetic population in those days – much greater now). Spent 2 weeks while they figured out what to give to me. Don’t ask me what my insulin was – something made of oink, oink – I know I used NPH (cloudy insulin). No A1C’s in those days as well.
1968-1971 – Urine testing, being a kid, giving once a day shots. Being a kid.
1972-1974 – I went to Camp Banting – diabetic camp – that was so much fun – did this for 3 years. Wanted to be a camp counselor but that never happened due to my eventually getting 2 part time jobs.
1975 - DKA – coma for 3 days – had been ill for about a year with “flu” - I think that year I was maybe in denial of diabetes, hanging around the Pop Shop (great drinks - SUGAR) - and the Candy Shop (more SUGAR ). Was flubbing urine tests with water at home (duhhhh), doctors knew something was up with blood work when I went to hospital for check up every "x" amount of months ( A1C’s were available then - but due to going to check ups alone I never asked - and if you wonder where my Mum was - she was working - I was left to handle my diabetes daily control since age of 10). Anyway, Mum got into a lot of $#@! for allowing me to be this way – but wasn’t her fault really. She allowed me complete control of my diabetes – I knew I was doing things wrong – case closed. Oh, went back to ER a few weeks after getting out of hospital due to eating a roll of life savers. I really was silly wasn’t I?
1976 – 1979 – High school years – I think I was still on one injection a day – still urine testing. Again, I just did my diabetic thing like a good soldier, did the teenager thing, busy with school/work/partying – just like any other normal kid
1980-1989 – Work / quit job / went back to live in England / worked/drank beer – used glass syringe/needle meant for elephant behind / came back to Canada/ work / partying (got into drugs / alcohol / rock ‘n roll) / used Medi-Injector for awhile – but got fed up with that after awhile. No memory really of what insulin(s) I used, etc. Just did what I had to do to stay alive and kicking. Started to use a HUGE blood meter then (husband remembers this).
1990 - 2010 – Moved to Montreal – worked / traveled / worked / bought house / settled down / started to take more notice of A1C’s at around 2000 – was usually 7% - which now that I know more about this – wasn’t bad for someone who doesn’t keep a log, etc. Again, don’t ask me which insulin’s I used, maybe HumilinR, I know for sure Lantus, NovoRapid later on. Went onto pump back in 2008 just for the heck of it, after using the poor man’s pump method (MDI). I now am back on MDI – since doing an “experiment” to see if control is as good as pump (lowest A1C I had on pump was 5.6%). Since being on MDI, my A1C has remained at 5.9% - and am happy with it (while doing MDI experiment – have used Levmir – but react in strange way to it which has been reported to NovoNordisk who claim they’ve never heard of this problem) – now back on Lantus / NovoRapid.