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April 08, 2007

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rocketboy

That would have been one conversation I would have jumped into, had I heard it going on.
I'm Vegetarian AND Diabetic.
I would have also enjoyed a wind-up of Rolf Harris, called; "My Pancreas Won't Come Back".
(Some Hyperglycaemic humour for you.)

-Rocket(Insulin impaired)boy

Art

i really like this. the b-side particularly: it's so honest & real, and it's something that you don't hear about in songs everyday. great find.

plasket

::reads back cover of record::

SONGS COMPOSED AND SUNG BY PAT MORRIS
known to the kid's as (see centre of record)

::sees centre of record::

"Copyright Control"

hm.

rocketboy

After reading the lyrics, I'm glad that there are now such things as Glucometers! Before the test strips were invented, you actually had to DRINK a bit of your "wee" to see if it tasted sweet or not(!) Ahh, that's why it's also known as "Diabetes Insipidus".
Sad thing is, that the pharmaceutical industry would probably do everything in their power to prevent a cure. We're cash cows for them. One test strip costs a $1.00 (U.S.D.) A packet of 100....well, you get the general idea. Combine that with the huge cost of medications, frequent doctor visits and even trips to the Psychiatrist, as Diabetes often causes depressive disorders.
It may not be the end of the world, but you can kiss your finances bye-bye.(Unless you're lucky enough to live in a country with a single payer health care system.)
I will now step off the soapbox.

-Rocket-angry as hell-boy

Chris R.

I have to ask - the pros and cons of diabetes? What were the pros?

michael farris

"the pros and cons of diabetes? What were the pros?"

Better than death?

LostInDaJungle

Odd comments.

My wife is a diabetic and now so is my 5 year old. Aside from what Rocketboy says, it hasn't wrecked our finances.

In case you're curious, I played this for the wife last night, and she knew it back to front. Apparently this song was a quite popular sing-along at diabetes camps, etc... when she was a kid. (As mentioned on the back of the sleeve.) I remarked it sounded a bit like Madness' "Baggy Trousers".

Things have come a long way for diabetics since this song was recorded, and it truly isn't the end of the world anymore, but realize that when that song was recorded, it was much more of an optimistic plea. Now you have Adam Morrison who plays NBA basketball with Diabetes. Newer insulins and rapid testing all help.

Blood glucose monitors had just been invented and were not common. It wasn't until 1979 that Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes was formally recognized.

I'll invite everyone to read this short essay: Love and diabetes.
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~abhu000/diabetes/love.html

"Diabetes, to the degree that it is a chronic, life-threatening disease, is similar to tuberculosis and epilepsy. That is, it's a constant and intimate reminder of our mortality, of the incredible fragility of the physical structure which permits us to live, to continue to live against all odds. And this knowledge, this inescapable, internal fragility, is unlike other kinds of knowledge, and represents an entirely different order of vulnerability than those threats that hover about all of us, but from beyond the borders of our own bodies."

Ann

Nice observation, thanks.

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Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes share many of the same signs and symptoms. If you notice frequent urination, excessive thirst, unusual fatigue, unexplained weight loss, numbness or tingling of the extremities, blurred vision, dry or itchy skin, recurrent infections, and cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal, you may have diabetes.

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