Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fantasy Diabetes Device

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?

today's topic is a hard one.  reason being...everyone wants a cure! 

i've been mulling this over for most of the morning.  between shopping, and making lunch, and looking for a play kitchen for my granddaughter, i have been thinking about something that would make life with diabetes easier. 

right now, for me, life with diabetes is immensely easier than it ever has been.  and being a grown-up (well mostly!), and having lived with this for a long, long time, i can pretty well handle whatever it might throw at me.

but after going to the George Canyon and friends Diabetes Heroes Tour the other night and seeing so many little kids with diabetes and knowing how tough it can be sometimes, my Fantasy Device would be something that would make it easier for them. 

they are all such strong, incredible little people.  there were things beeping and buzzing during the evening and everyone was checking pumps and George Canyon was actually checking his own at one point when a little girl piped up from the audience and said "it's just me, i'm bolusing for my popcorn". 

the crowd all laughed because we all understood, but somewhere inside me, i cried.  because little girls and boys shouldn't have to do that.  they should be able to eat popcorn with thinking about how many carbs, and blood sugar numbers and all that jazz.  seriously.

so my Fantasy Device would be an Insulin Pump/Glucometer Combo.  it would be small and wireless.  there would be no lancet, or strips.  the child would just have to touch it with a finger, it would read the blood sugar.  they would then just eat whatever it was they were going to eat and the pump/meter would deliver the correct amount of insulin for the food AFTER they ate, knowing exactly what it was and how much without having to program it.  pretty much exactly how a real pancreas would work. 

farfetched?  perhaps.  but if it weren't for a farfetched idea called INSULIN,  we'd all be dead wouldn't we?


  1. I agree, children should not have to be dealing with diabetes. Good point about "insulin"!

  2. Nice!
    ...but if it weren't for a farfetched idea called INSULIN, we'd all be dead wouldn't we?