In a world... where medical devices can pass for cell phones...
Of all the things I don't like about being diabetic, there are a few that I can be thankful for.
- That I wasn't born before the 1920's, when insulin was discovered.
- That I have the best available technology to use to manage my disease, and a supportive medical team who I actually look forward to seeing every 6 to 8 weeks.
- That I have relatively no complications, after 24 years.
This isn't to say that I go out of my way to hide it. I tend to wear my insulin pump under my clothing somewhere, or in a pocket, as opposed to clipped to my waistband, like others might. My Dexcom receiver (a continuous glucose monitor "remote") is usually in my purse, a pocket, or just in my hand as I'm walking around work. But the meter-remote for my insulin pump? I will whip that out anywhere.
In fact, my meter-remote has more than once been mistaken for something it is not. "Oh, did you get a new cell phone?" Or, "What kind of phone is that?" My favorite came from my husband's grandma. We were sitting around the table, with food being passed around, and I was figuring up my bolus for the meal. There is a rule at their house about no cell phones at dinner, and she didn't know about my new diabetic equipment. "What are you doing? Texting?"
Yes, actually. I'm texting my pancreas.