Yes, I understand completely. I was diagnosed in 1956, when it wasn’t QUITE as bad. At least they had decided that Type 1 existed in 1952, but it hadn’t penetrated to the hospital I was taken to. What happened when I had bad stomach ache in the middle of the night was that I went to the ER and was checked by a surgeon, who ignored my Mom’s questions about whether I didn’t have diabetes like her sister and grandfather had… So he looked at the symptoms , declared it MUST be appendicitis, and operated. I went into DKA coma on the operating table.
Then my folks got a newly licensed Pediatrition in there, and he said immediately that it was Type 1 diabetes and started me on insulin. Set a new record for initial dosage of insulin, 1050 units according to my Dad. Not sure about the number there, he was saying this some 40 years later, and you can understand whow things grow over the years.
Anyway, then I was unconscious for 2 days while they worked to get working electrolytes back into by bloodstream. Mom and Dad were called in for a death watch, but some nurse told Dad to keep talking to me, probably the only thing that saved me. Everbody was startled when I opened my eyes after a few hours with Dad talking to me.
Then I started 7 hard years of little control, if any. My pediatrician thought we should do things the “easy” way, so I took 1 shot a day. What a mess. Things finally got under control in 1962 with a novel treatment, 2 medium speed insulin shots with Phenformin ( a Metformin relative) a day, which straightened things out exceedingly well. That’s likely why I’m still alive today, doubt I would have survived my teenage years without such stability.
So yes, the situation was terrible for diabetics in those years. Of course it was even worse for my Grandfather Marshall, who was diagnosed in 1901 (or so). No treatment was working then at all, but he somehow came to the conclusion that all he could do was to eat almost entirely fat with NO carbs at all. He lived with it for 25 years, and died in 1926, basically of old age.
Yes, diabetes treatment has come a long way since then. Amazing what happens in a century or so anymore…