This is an important year in my life: I turn 50 in August, and in September I will mark 35 years with type 1 diabetes.
I was diagnosed on September 24, 1973, when I went into a coma resulting from ketoacidosis. The coma lasted 4 days and I was in the hospital for three weeks adjusting to insuilin. Those were very different days. I took one shot of NPH insulin every morning and was supposed to test my urine three times a day (I didn’t do that).
Through college and young adulthood, I ate and drank whatever I wanted and never tested my sugar. I’m very lucky to have survived that time, and even luckier that I have no serious complications today (limited to two frozen shoulders and dermopathy around my feet).
In 1984 I moved to multiple-daily injections and blood testing. I was a very irregular blood tester until around 1998. I began pumping insulin in March 2001 and it has improved the quality of my life so much. I would rather not be diabetic, but as long as I am diabetic I hope I will be able to pump.
My wife Angie, and my daughters Audrey (18) and Claire (13) have given me plenty of motivation to move to better self care. Also, in late 2000 I joined an online discussion of type 1 diabetes that introduced me to more type 1 diabetics than I’ve ever known (until I found this site). That online community has been a wonderful support for me over the last 7+ years. You can find it here: More Pins and Needles, TableTalk.Salon.com.
Audrey (oldest daughter) had a great vocal teacher in middle school who has type 1 diabetes and is a member here (she’s known here as Kimberly). I’m hoping that this community will help motivate me to exercise more and take my self-care to the next level. Before I turn 50, I’d like to have a regular exercise regimen, to make progress in healing my sore shoulders, and lower my body fat so my insulin resistance will improve.
How are you doing?