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Type 1 What was type 1 treatment like 20-30 years ago?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Smallbrit, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. kev-w

    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah those! Oh I do remember those, holding the pricker in one hand with a finger from the other hand on a table, lining up, cringing and banging downwards hoping for enough blood on the finger end, then debating which colours it actually lined up with...

    My current Fastclix is nobbut a tickle in comparison :)
     
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    Scott-C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the middle of doing my house up at the moment, so when I'm looking at paint charts in B&Q or wherever, I'll see what they call a "duck egg pastel blue" and I'll call it "6"!
     
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  3. porl69

    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I know our health service in the UK. Is in a mess but if the diabetics can look after themselves better then we will be less of a drain on the already overstretched NHS. Won't be long and we will be paying for our health service ourselves....will be going the same way as the USA. Sorry America
     
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  4. Grant_Vicat

    Grant_Vicat Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bill, The blue tube was indeed made by Hypoguard of Trimley, near Felixstowe, about 30 miles from where I now live! I started off on Lente in 1959. It came in squat short bottles. I seem to remeber a dark red and lightish blue (diagonally separated colours) label. It lasted me until 1966. Then Rapitard and Monotard mixed twice daily. Did you ever get The Diabetic's ABC by R.D.Lawrence. I've still got mine, with all the Carbs listed in red type! All the very best
     
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  5. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey Grant

    Your picture brought the most memories back than anything else I can remember. It was great to see all our stuff from days gone by.

    Hypoguard was a terrific company and my first ever blood meter was made by them. Before that, I used to buy disposable needles from them prior to the NHS picking up the cost. Did they close down as there doesn't seem to be a website? I bet folks don’t realise how closely they were involved in the making of the first insulin pens.

    My first insulin, I think, was in a greyish little box and I remember purple on it too. I must say though my memory doesn’t serve me well as to all the others I was on over the years. They must have worked OK though as I’m still here, got my gold medal a good few years ago which, for me, was a great moment.

    I bet you will remember the BDA newspaper long before it became a glossy magazine. Also, diabetic foodstuffs like the custard creams and the Cadbury’s dark diabetic chocolate in the cream wrapper (think they stopped making it in the 70’s). My favourite of them all though was the small round fruitcake sealed inside a metal canister that you had to open using a tin opener! It was so expensive that it was a once a year treat, usually at Christmas.

    The Diabetic's ABC was given to my father around one possibly two years after I was diagnosed when he’d taken me to the children’s clinic. Other parents were getting them too. Another bible for me was the BDA’s Diabetic Handbook. They used to sit together on the bookcase and were well used.

    Kindest regards,

    Bill
     
  6. Scott-C

    Scott-C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    There's a fascinating article at the link below about how Dr Sheila Reith came up with the idea of pens to help her T1 daughter, came up with a few prototypes, went through a whole lot of politics, got some designers on board, came up with Penject, then Hypoguard got involved in making it.

    Dr Reith is why we've got pens. Sure, someone else would have done it if she hadn't, but she started it.

    Love this quote from the article:

    it was all very tricky,” Dr Reith explains. “I remember finding myself in the ladies loo at Euston station, trying to give my daughter an insulin injection. I said to myself: ‘This is absurd! We ought to have a simple injection device that takes insulin cartridges. We must make this easier for people’.”

    https://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_u...ly+2014+e-newsletter&utm_campaign=Read+more+»
     
  7. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A fascinating article Scott and the hospital Dr Reith, at that time, was working in was Glasgow's Southern General which is where my diabetic clinic is. After major renovations and re-building they re-named it the Queen Elizabeth. It's all state of the art stuff there these days. I read about Hypoguard's involvement and the Glasgow connection many years ago but wasn't aware of this link. Thanks for that.

    For me, after using syringes for so many years the new insulin pens were (and still are) great, especially when out and about.

    Bill
     
  8. Scott-C

    Scott-C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's a small world, right enough, @rochari !

    I'm just along the road from you at the other end of the M8.

    Was interested to read that Banting's grandmother was Scottish and the boss of his lab, McLeod, was Scottish, so maybe that Scottish flair for invention played a small part in it all. Just a shame the two of them fought like cat and dog!
     
  9. rochari

    rochari Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    LOL Scott, I was along the M8 only yesterday.

    I mentioned the Palmer Injector Gun earlier which was a scary piece of equipment. Did you know it was made in Glasgow?

    I once had a great GP whose grandfather was one of the first to be treated by Banting & Best. He was taken down to them in London from Glasgow a very sick little boy, given this new drug and lived a long life. As I mentioned, both my mother and grandmother were type1's as was my great-grandmother. Sadly, she died as there was no treatment available in those days. My gran told me her mother lived on a kind of cabbage diet for about a year before she passed away.

    My gran never used Clinitest tablets, only Benedict's solution. I still smile as I remember her heating the tube over the gas ring.

    Bill
     
  10. JMK1954

    JMK1954 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed in August 1964, aged just 10. One thing definitely hasn't improved. In those days all the nurses in the children's hospital I was admitted to could count carbs. They used to take turns testing me.
     
  11. Gabrielle_Tai

    Gabrielle_Tai Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I am glad i skipped all those. Cannot imagine how hard it was for type 1 during those time.
     
  12. BunsenHoneydew

    BunsenHoneydew Prediabetes · Active Member

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    Spotted this lovely song today about the first person who was treated with insulin.
     
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