MirageThanksWed Apr 4, 2012 01:09184.108.40.206I have been very fortunate to have had a family that made many sacrifices to pay for really expensive care I needed when I was growing up. Lots of bloodtests, especially. We did not have home glucometers then. I am especially proud of my mother that she took my diet into her own hands and after a two year cessation of growth under specialists, as soon as she took charge, I started growing again. I am on the short side of normal, but my height is normal. Given that at the time I was diagnosed I was the second youngest diabetic they had ever been able to stabilize and save at UCLA, I consider every single day I have had since then a real blessing. It was my mother who actually diagnosed me. She smelled acetone on me, and knew I was in ketosis. The pediatrician said kids just do not become diabetic so young, and it is true that it is very rare. My mother took me to a family friend who was also a doctor, and he believed her. That saved my life. Kids in my situation then generally just died after flulike symptoms followed by coma and were put down as failure to thrive or flu victims. Most pediatricians then believed that kids did not get diabetes until puberty. Today there are special insulin injectors for toddlers and children who require very precise low doses down to 1/10 of a unit in precision.
- Wow clarym29, Wed Apr 4 00:47Quite a story. You have been fighting the odds and winning--great going! My Dr. is just unorthodox enough that anything that works catches his attention. I really feel he will have added 20+ extra... more
- Thanks Mirage, Wed Apr 4 01:09
- Pumps clarym29, Wed Apr 4 09:48Yeah, my Dr. has shown me some of those pumps. He is trying to develop one especially for Byetta, which is an insulin mimic. Victoza, which I use, is also one. When and if those two stop working for... more
- Can't use one at this point. Mirage, Wed Apr 4 10:36I have hypoglycemia unawareness and you can get into a whole lot of trouble on a pump if you can't tell when the glucose is too low. I had a tight control doctor and my body just stopped reacting. I... more
- needles clarym29, Wed Apr 4 12:06I used to feel the same about needles. I've had so many blood tests and so much medicine that I have had to self inject that it is second nature to me now. You have a unique problem--this is where... more
- I have two really great ones Mirage, Wed Apr 4 14:20Both my GP and my endocrinologist are really up on their journals but they are also open to alternative medicine and old fashioned medicines that have fallen from favor for no good reason except... more