Thursday, May 17, 2012

D-Blog Week Day #4: Fantasy Diabetes Device

Today's prompt:

Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary. Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be? Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

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I'm not much of a tech person. As B always tells me, I think we should all be living in 2054 and using tech that anticipates everything we need, that never takes time to load, that never fails us. Clearly, I have unrealistic expectations. (But damn, is 2054 going to kick ass.)

But I'm writing to a prompt, so, my fantasy diabetes device? Well...

It always knows exactly what my blood sugar is - no calibration needed, no worries about accuracy or poorly washed hands, no strips that can be nuked by heat or moisture. 

It reacts to said blood sugar magically with insulin, without any prompting by me. This insulin dose is perfectly aligned for both correction and bolus calculation, including any external factors like exercise, stress, food intake, or that damned butterfly who flaps its wings and usually throws off my D calculations. 

The insulin is never skunked or boiled, there is no interference from bubbles or body heat, no suicidal vial leaps from the butter compartment. The insulin is also crazy-fast and super-smart - it works in a matter of moments, and then shuts off when it's no longer needed.

When I'm sleeping or driving or even just sitting at my desk at work, my magic device prevents me from going low so I never have to worry about lethal hypoglycemia or sounding like a babbling idiot at the office.

I can eat whatever I want, because my magic device SWAGs like nobody's business. 

I no longer contend with YDMV, because all the "V" is taken care of - it is not influenced by scar tissue, hormone fluctuation, or a bad day.

This magic device is a pancreas. I used to have one that worked, and it was glorious. I don't anymore, so I make do with the tools at hand. I'm glad for what I have, believe me, but short of an actual functioning pancreas there's no tech out there that will fit the bill for me. I will always wish for more accurate blood sugar meters, faster insulin, and smarter pumps and CGMs. I will be thrilled if and when we have access to an artificial pancreas that actually works.

But none of that stuff, awesome as it is, will ever replace what I lost eighteen years ago. 

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  1. Great post, I love it!

    "This magic device is a pancreas. I used to have one that worked, and it was glorious."

  2. I love this post!!! It actually made me tear up.

  3. Those were the days. I miss my (working) pancreas too.