I had a better than average knowledge of it but actually living it, makes you realize that back when you were "educated" you knew nothing. Tell me if this isnt pathetic? 1) my grandmother Winchester helped first bring the American Diabetes Association to Alabama in the 1970's, she opened the first diabetic wing in Huntsville Hospital (which was back then the first in the state), and wrote a book that was published in 1978 on how to manage diabetes mellitus. (Its still sold, I found it on amazon.com the other day while just googling her name for fun, I was like OMG this info is so outdated!). She started educating doctors and nurses about D in these southeastern regional conferences so they could take care of their patients better. (Kats endo Dr Creech says he attended one of her seminars in 1977). Why was my grandma so bent on D education? 2 of her 3 daughters were Type 1's and she was D with Type 1 when she was 41. Essentially, their house was bombed with Type 1 all at once. 2) ok, with that history of myself, my mom raised me from the time I could toddle around how to fetch a sugary thing for her when she was in insulin shock. When I was in my tweenie yrs she taught me how to draw up meds in a syringe, what the difference between NPH and R was and how much she took. By the time I was a teen, and an EMT, I already knew all the signs of highs and lows and how to treat them. My mom started to go blind when I was about 9-10. 3) but here is the most pathetic I think of all. Grandma warned me yrs before I ever even had my first child, that my 4th child would be diabetic. She was a pyschic fortune teller in her youth and I ignored this. She told me this when I was 10, she died the next yr, and I had Kat 20 yrs later. Yet when I began to see the signs of D in my own child, I tried my best to justify it as "she has a stomache bug, shes reverting to bedwetting because we just moved and her homeschooled siblings are now gone all day in school." Of course it was not until Kats 3rd day in the ped's ward of Huntsville Hospital that I recalled her great-grandma's prediction.