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Musings on Reaching 50 Years with Diabetes

In a break from my usual postings, this one is a stream of consciousness diatribe on my person experiences. Please indulge my musings since I'm nearing the half-century mark of living (well) with type 1 diabetes. I got diabetes back in the Dark Ages (1968) of its treatment. The only feedback I had on my blood glucose levels was testing my urine, which was several hours behind my actual levels and no reflection on my immediate levels. I never had a number to go with a bright orange (4+) reading of my urine--meaning that I was at the high end of the scale for glucose in my urine--but it did give me a lot of negative reinforcement. It told me that I was "bad" or "not in control" or an unlovable

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