Late December 1975 - On a bus trip to New Orleans to see Sugar Bowl (How ironic) at the age of 13, Alabama vs. Penn St., couln’t drink enough or pee enough, liquids ran right through me. Got back home January 1976, Dad took a urine sample to Dr.'s office in a mason jar, came home and retrieved me immediately and went to hospital, BG 1080, spent the next week torturing oranges and learning about diabetes. Placed on two shots per day, U100 Regular and NPH.
1976 to 1980 - Typical high school diabetic in the seventies treatment, two shots a day, occasionally check urine, doctors appointment 3 or 4 times per year to check BG, urine and A1C, I was never told the A1C numbers. Played baseball, basketball, ran track, water skiing, golf and whatever else I could do outdoors.
1980 to 1985 - College 5 year plan, lived at home, same regimen as above, just with different teachers and harder subjects, everything else was the same except that in 1982 received a glucometer, it was great until the supplies ran out and novelty of it all wore off.
1985 - Moved to Birmingham, Al - No more living at home where meals just magically appear on the kitchen table, attempted to find new Dr.'s to provide cutting edge care, “you are doing great why change anything”, continue above regimen but change the NPH to Ultra Lente, with the added bonus that according to my new Dr. I could eat ice cream, yes with sugar, because the fat molecules would block the sugar from entering my blood stream, didn’t work to good according to the pee strips.
1987 - Usually took my insulin injection before I left for work, must have already been low, stopped for gas, went in to pay, started feeling a bit light headed, picked up a brownie, but for some reason waited in line to pay before consuming, big mistake, passed out, full blown seizure, woke up half an hour later wondering who I was, where I was, when it was, what happend and why in the heck is my wallet stuck under my belt in the front of my pants. When my BG came back to normal they said I could leave, the ambulance didn’t bring my car with them however, I finally found it.
1985 to 1997 - Continued with the Regular and Ultra Lente regimen through the above 12 year period until I discovered a Dr. in Nashville in 1997 that had put a friends sister on the pump and she loved it. Made an appointment with him and told him I was in, A1C of 8.7. He wanted me to test my BG religously for the next month, still MDI, but now testing BG and watching everything that I ate, underfueled at Shoney’s, yes home of the Big Boy, got up to pay, wife and daughter already gone outside, carrying my two year old and it hit me, confused, someone help me, but I can no longer speak, wandered into the kitchen, burned my head on something, walking into wall repeatedly when wife came back in, this was a first for her, full blown seizure, she thought I was dying, had someone to drive my car this time though.
1997 to 2000 - Started on the Disetronic insulin pump, A1C’s < 7.0, Passed out at Wal-Mart in 1999, wife put a green Jolly Rancher in my mouth to bring my BG back up, didn’t work, when I left the hospital I found the candy in my hair on the back of my head.
2000 to 2003 - Switched to the Animas 1000 I believe, A1C’s < 6.5, one 5.1, Passed out at McCormick place in Chicago, 2001 at a trade show, woke up, an hour later in Mercy Hospital, don’t remember much about that event.
2003 to 2006 - Upgrade to Animas 1200, A1C’s < 6.5, Relatively quiet years.
2006 to 2010 - Upgrade to Animas 1250, A1C’s < 6.5, One major diabetic event, 2007, Water Park in Destin, Florida, The Big Kahuna, found myself on a slow moving water ride when it hit me, I guess with all the fun, I had forgotten to eat, I began the panic, what do I do, who do I tell, somebody help me, I told the life guard that I was in trouble and needed help, that didn’t work he just looked at me as if I had three heads, so I turned and dove down the last waterfall of the ride and passed out in the water, fortunately my 12 year old son was there to pull me out of the water, as I was seizing about, and saved my life.
May 2010 - Started on the Omnipod, in my opinion, best insulin delivery system offered to date. Dunked PDM in cooler 3 weeks ago while camping, didn’t have syringes for back up, barely found them almost an hour from campgound, I will be better prepared next time.
Quickly approaching 35 year anniversay in January. No complications to date. Have started wearing glasses (age related). All in all, I think that I have done pretty well, early years lack of information probably led to poor control, however, I am old school when it comes to eating sweets, I never did and I still don’t, the sugar free stuff is pretty good now, early years, not so good.
Thanks everyone for sharing your history, I have enjoyed reading them all.