I didn’t have diabetes 50 years ago… or 40… or 30… or even 20. I developed it later in life than most which, for me, was 15 years ago. I couldn’t tell you what it was like managing diabetes at that time because I wasn’t managing mine. I was spending all of my time ignoring it and being sick. A doctor put a pump in my hand, and that was the beginning of my story. That was my diabetes “childhood”, and I grew up with technology. I have no reference whatsoever to what living with diabetes must’ve been like before there was technology, but I’ve spent a good deal of my diabetic life thinking about it… and imagining… and feeling most appreciative that I came up when I did. But… does never having experienced diabetic living without technology mean I should compromise my current standards of the technology I use at this time? Does it mean I’m unappreciative if I’m unsatisfied with my pump? Or my sensor? And here’s one I will never be able to answer… Is the use of technology an 100% improvement over living a life with diabetes without it?
I’m home sick, all coffeed up, nowhere to go. This topic came from a “discussion” (if discussions include putdowns and very bad words) I witnessed last night, and it’s had me thinking since. My instinct is there’s no one right answer, it’s not black and white, there have been huge improvements but also the development of new kinds of burden, blah blah blah… but I didn’t have diabetes 30 years ago. So my instinct is conjecture and nothing more.
I’d love to hear from anyone who feels like participating. Just curious how you all feel about your technology and whether or not having lived without it previously affects your current standards.
That just sounded like a college assignment. I really just want to hear you guys talk.