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Posted: Aug 23, 2010

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 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.).

Girl eating hood by witness4HIM at Photobucket1966-1967 – 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).

Adult woman on motorcycle by Macha5499 at Photobucket

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.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2009

I heard from my god daughter Catherine tonight who lives in Ottawa, Ontario.  She has an 8 year old son called Aaron, who was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago.  I love hearing how he's doing, like last summer he went to Camp Banting.  The same camp my parents sent me to when I was a child back in the 70's.  Even now, he's counting down the days until summer arrives and he gets to go there again!  I'm so happy that he loves it as much as I did. It was a way to escape from the city and be with other kids just like myself (I loved the Tuck Shop - but apparently they don't have it anymore).  Along with the cool camp counselors, doing things I'd generally not do back home, I felt like a "normal" kid, not someone who had to inject/test urine to stay alive.  It was also freedom for my parents who of course I think needed a break from me!  I know it wasn't cheap - but still my Dad somehow managed to afford it and last year we helped Catherine abit with the cost.

She called me up to tell me about what had happened to her son Aaron last night.  His blood sugars had been abit low before dinner and she'd given him a few units less of Novorapid and he ate his meal just like any hungry kid does.  He seemed fine when he went to bed but then she woke up to what sounded like something heavy falling over in the kitchen (she said it sounded like the fridge).  Her first instinct ... " Aaron ! ".  She raced downstairs to find him convulsing on the floor,  various food items out on the kitchen counters with some on the floor.  Luckily, she had a Glucagon kit (something that's been discussed here with LadyD in the forums lately) and she injected him right away and then called up 911.  Paramedics, police, fireman all showed up at her door within minutes, as per 911 protocol, and poor Aaron who was slowly coming out of his low BG was of course quite confused.  The paramedics attempted to take his BG but in the end Catherine did it with her own meter as he was pretty scared with all these uniformed guys standing around him.  Luckily, his BG was going up - 4.3 mmol/l (77 mg/dl).  God knows what he was at when she'd first found him on the kitchen floor!

Off to the hospital they went, where they kept him until the morning.  Of course, for any of you who have had a bad hypo (I've only had 2 bad ones that I can recall) - it leaves you pretty drained.  Good thing, they both took it easy today and tomorrow he's off to school  of course .... counting down the days until Camp Banting .

He's going to be starting on an insulin pump soon - thanks to the program that is set up in the province of Ontario, Canada (there are a few provinces in Canada that have a similar set up - not where I live unfortunately ... yet).  The program covers the purchase of an insulin pump / supplies for those that qualify.  I'm hoping to see him next month, so I can show both him and his Mum how I figure out the amount of insulin for the amount of carbs I eat both manually and with my insulin pump.  I have a feeling that they weren't shown this by a Diabetic Educator.  They'll have to know this even more so when he goes on the pump - as it's a crucial part of staying balanced with your blood sugars and not going too low or too high.

Listening to my god daughter brought many memories back from being a child - when I would experience the occasional night time hypo - not fun at all - for myself or my parents.  Next time I talk to my Mum I'll have to ask if she ever witnessed me in that kind of state.  Ahhh, to be a child again!!!

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