Sometimes I get so fed up with technology! It drives me bananas when my teenage children seem to have their phones so attached to their hands, that I fear that they almost merge into them! However, I have to confess that when my internet was down recently, I was completely floored! On top of this my phone froze for an entire day! I was so fed up with it all that I said often during that day how much I hate technology!
I had no idea how much I used the computer or phone until I didn’t have them! After all, I haven’t always been surrounded by technology and came from the age of playing outside, but it seems I am now completely lost without my phone or laptop!
It got me thinking, though, about how far technology has come with T1D in mind too. Things are available to us now, that we almost take for granted, such as clever meters that will helpfully work out the dose of insulin needed to cover carbs and taking corrections into account!
I remember the enormous brick like size of my mums first BG meter when she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 30 years ago (and worse still, her brutal finger pricker!) Even when I compare even my husbands first meter when he was diagnosed with T1, almost 16 years ago, to sensor that he simply scans now, I have to say, I am amazed at how much easier and less complicated things have become!
T1D is a pain to live with, there is no doubt about that, but I am so grateful that we don’t have to boil our syringes anymore and that we have such great technology available now.
Some of us have sensors available that provide a helpful and lifesaving alarm on a phone or watch to alert to a night hypo. Some of us may choose sensors that need a simple scan to show blood glucose, saving sore fingers and providing more information. There are a range of pumps now available to administer insulin carefully throughout the day and night and insulin pens that are easy to carry and discrete to look at.
So maybe I will try and be a little more patient next time my computer won’t do what I want it to, or my phone stops working and remember that actually I am really rather amazingly thankful for technology! 🙂