Welcome to Day Four of the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week. As we pass the halfway point of the week I hope you’ve been having fun and discovering some great new blogging friends. I know I sure have, so thank you to everyone participating!
Today’s topic is Changes. Today let's talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you'd most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people's perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you?
I can't help but think about today's topic as my past, my present and my future.
When I was diagnosed, dinosaurs roamed the Earth and we used spikes from Stegosaurus tails as lancets. Okay, okay, I might be exaggerating a bit. But things were very different. Urine testing. Exchange diet. One injection a day. R and NPH insulin. Sugar was strictly taboo. Control was poor.
Today, things have changed quite a bit. Blood sugar testing and CGM. Carb counting. Insulin pump. Apidra. Nothing is off limits if I work to make it work. Instead of “control” I try to say “management” and it’s better than it was 35 years ago.
So does that mean I’m happy to hold this status quo for the future? Hell no! There is still too much diabetes work involved in our lives. Things need to be smaller and easier and more automated. Three decades ago my family got our first cable box - a large push-button device that didn’t come with a remote. That’s right, we had to get off the couch every time we wanted to change the channel. Today I can program the DVR in my living room in Connecticut while I’m in California. (I’m not in California, but I could do this if I flew out.) This is what I want for diabetes. Big advancements that I can’t even dream up yet. (Because when I pushed those clunky cable box buttons I couldn’t have imagined the sleek DVR boxes and smartphones I’d be using today.)
I may not be able to tell you specifically what I want and how it can happen. I just know we still need much better.
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