Treatment of insulin dependent diabetes involves the use of insulin therapy and providing insulin doses throughout the day. Today, there is an alternative to injecting insulin several times per day in accordance to basal/bolus control. The insulin pump is ideal for those diabetics who are very busy with their lives or for those whose [...]
Read all of Appendix 2: The History Of Insulin Pumps
To keep myself motivated and constantly striving for the best possible control I sometimes need to remind myself of the following statistics involving complications of diabetes in the United States.
If a diabetic experiences high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) for a long period of time it causes damage to the retina of the eye, the [...]
Read all of Appendix 1: Diabetes Complications
During the first 40 years of my diabetic life I had no real knowledge of how to properly manage my diabetes. I ate very high carb meals and snacks before finding that I should follow a low carb diet. It is obvious that I was running very high blood glucose levels back then. I did [...]
Read all of Chapter 21: Why Do Some Type 1's Live Long Lives Without Complications?
Many people who know me are of the opinion that I have broken a record and they have not heard of anyone having diabetes so long and having no serious complications. There are many diabetics who have had diabetes much longer than me. See their stories below.
Bob and Gerald Cleveland, combined, have experienced [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 20: Long Lives With Diabetes
I have always wanted to know more about what causes Type 1 diabetes. The cause is not always genetically based, there are many other possible causes. It is also interesting to study the statistics associated with all types of diabetes. Just how many of us are there in the USA? Another topic of great interest [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 19: Type I Diabetes… Causes, Statistics and Discussion
I completed the previous chapter on a very positive note. I was very happy with my pumping but there were problems encountered later on that were very annoying. These problems were not due to pumping though. They were problems that would have occurred even if I was not pumping. Every time the seasons change [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 18: Pumping Problems and Other Disappointments
In 2002 I was in good shape physically and mentally. I had my A1c under 6.0 and my blood sugar control was very, very good. I was enjoying part time teaching and flying twice each year to Atlanta to see my sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. I had a temporary setback with prostate cancer in 2003 [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 17: Pumping Insulin
When I was in my early 30′s I worked very hard on the house we bought in NY. It was a fixer-upper and we got it cheap but the mortgage payments were still very hard to make. I was pulling a cedar mailbox post out of the ground one day and I did not realize [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 16: Complications
In the mid 1990′s I had a new problem with my diabetes. I had been gaining weight with these new modern day insulins. That had actually started in the early part of that decade. By the mid 1990′s I had gained 57 pounds. I worked so hard to keep my weight under control but I [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 15: My Retirement and Double Diabetes
David was born in Monroe, NC on Sept. 21, 1966. He was a perfectly normal baby and he had a perfectly normal childhood. We had a small apartment and he had no playmates. Anita was so good with him, She was born to be a mother. David was such a sweet child and rarely woke [...]
Read all of CHAPTER 14: My Sons. David and Gary