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  1. Sara
    Sara June 18, 2009 at 7:11 am | | Reply

    Great post. I love what his son said about what he does. We all have the jobs we get paid for, and then the job that keeps us alive!!

  2. CALpumper
    CALpumper June 18, 2009 at 7:27 am | | Reply

    Great guest post Amy, thank you!

    Good for you David (and your son).
    Keep up the good work.

    And Sara is so right: our paying job and our life job. No doubt.

  3. Jerry Nairn
    Jerry Nairn June 18, 2009 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    My thoughts on the monster in the cage… I know you didn’t want to scare the boy, but a more accurate depiction of the situation would be to draw the monster, diabetes, and the other monster, on a leash, insulin.
    One is there, somewhat under your control, to fight the other. Either one might end up killing you.

  4. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill June 18, 2009 at 11:32 am | | Reply

    Always enjoy the occasional guest post to see who else is out there managing this (or researching or treating as the case may be). It does fascinate me how people get this later in life, and how they cope, adjust and change amongst a backdrop of children, spouses, and careers in full-swing (and all the other grown-up stuff). Good stuff to read and think about so thanks, David and Amy!

  5. Lee Ann Thill
    Lee Ann Thill June 18, 2009 at 11:44 am | | Reply

    *Adjusting my art therapist hat* :)

    I couldn’t help but smile at the anecdote about drawing the monster in a cage with your son. Sounds like it was a beneficial exercise for you both.

  6. elmas
    elmas June 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm | | Reply

    i feel bad for david but even more so about how he feels about the drug companies. think about it, for less than a buck you can see what your blood glucose is instantly. not many years ago, people would have paid a fortune for that information. besides, if he thinks it is so simple to develop a blood glucose monitor and test strips that would sell for pennies, i think he should try it.

  7. Pam
    Pam June 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm | | Reply

    Wow — We have much in common. I was diagnosed 1.5 years ago at age 47 with a 7 year old son! Everything in this post rang so true for me (except the part about Dad with Type 1 – no one in my family closer than great grandmother) — We’ll all hang in there, and at least we have something treatable – not so true with many other being diagnosed every day.

  8. Marlene Nicholson
    Marlene Nicholson June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm | | Reply

    I found David’s article very interesting because I was diagnosed with type 1 (or maybe 1 1/2, docs are a little vague on this) at 47 in 1987. I don’t often meet people who were diagnosed in their 40′s, and so far the only others I have met have been women. I don’t seem to have this disease in my family. I wonder how common such a late diagnosis is. I did have gestational diabetes twice.

    I guess those of us with a late diagnosis should feel very lucky.

    On a different point, I don’t understand how any type 1 diabetic can have an A1C in the 5s. I guess it isn’t so unusual, but if I were to try I am sure I would be spending a lot of time on the floor. My endo doesn’t want me to aim for for anything close to that–he is very happy with low 7s and was a bit concerned that my 6.8 could be dangerous, even though I test an embarrassing number of times every day and a couple of times each night.

    Marlene N.

  9. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson June 22, 2009 at 6:01 am | | Reply

    Great guest post – thanks David & Amy!

  10. misskitty5
    misskitty5 June 27, 2009 at 11:18 am | | Reply

    I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only diagnosed in their 40′s !

    Thank you Amy & David !.

  11. Fenbeast
    Fenbeast July 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm | | Reply

    Thank you, thank you. I have a 2 year old son who was diagnosed 8 mos ago and it’s been a ride & a half. I appreciate this post and will share it on my FB account.

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