I’ve written before how the key factor in my management of diabetes was attending summer diabetic camp in Maryland called, Camp Glyndon.
The camp was founded by Dr. Abraham Silver, who was pretty ancient back then. Even with web searching could barely find any information on him, a nostalgic photo of him in 1958 published in a University of Maryland publication. Wow, he looked kind of old 12 years before I even met him in 1970.
But I know he had an infinite amount of care and concern for children with diabetes, and was vigilent about kids learning to be able to manage their own care, to do their own insulin shots. He had a kind of gruff exterior, and I recall one time, when I was more of a loud mouth teen-ager, when he tried to scare me by saying. “If you don’t straighten up your act, you’ll be blind by the time you are 25, and dead by 30”.
Happily, Dr, Silver was wrong on that one.
Not that his statement had any impact; I did the minimal amount of care uuntil ym late 20s, eating what I liked, and pretty mush just taking my daily insulin shot. I am lucky, as modern studies show every bit of good control extends your diabetic life.
It is disappointing I cannot even find any historical information on Camp Glyndon, it is not even in its original location, northwest of Baltimore, I think it is moved to Charles County at Camp Merrick.
In fact, at a high school reunionm one classmate told me he lives in a suburb that was built on the camp land.
I more or less grew up there going every summer from age 7 to 15, then being a counselor from 16-19, and had a lot of “firsts” there. That photo of me is maybe my first year there, getting my stuff dropped off. Check out those cool striped 1970s jeans I am sporting. Stylish, indeed.
There was so much fun activity then, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, campfires in the woods on “Mount Smokey”, Green and White Day, Sadie Hawkins Day, mail call… all that plus learning about living with diabetes,
I did find a photo on a site about the history of diabetes with the caption
Testing urine for sugar is a serious business for the young campers at Camp Glyndon, Maryland. WHO photo by J. Gordon, (Baltimore City Health Dep).
I don’t remember the kids in that photo, but I recognize the old shower/bathroom building we used to test our urine 4 times a day, each with our own labeled test kit and pee cup on the shelves. It was the old 10 and 2 method in a test-tube and a drop of Clinitest tablet, and hoping we got a blue color. It seems almost stone age.