Thursday, May 5, 2011

Times Have Changed

Four years makes all the difference, apparently.

Back about this time in 2007, when this was still The Corner Booth and didn't have "Diabetes" in the title, I'd written up a D-themed blog post called "What's In a Name?" and said that there was no need in my mind to ever name an insulin pump or medical device, as some in the small DOC-at-the-time had done. I questioned the motives for doing something like that and said it wasn't my thing, and ended the short post with the proclamation: "That's where I draw the line"

Flash-forward to 2011, and here I am with a Minimed pump. I'm not even sure how many actual pumps have come across my D-Life during my past decade of pumping, but there's been a handful. The past three going back to late 2009 have had names - Bacon Gibbs, Bacon II (a.k.a. Bacon Gibbs Corleone, The Don of Rage Bolusing), and Scarface. That all followed a brief two-year switchover to the Cozmo, which later got tagged with the casual name of either Coz and Kramer.

During the past couple years, I've even managed to score a trial test of one Minimed CGM who received the nickname of Larry The Loaner CGM.

(Recomposing myself, trying to find my dignity and self-respect...)

So there it is. BAM.
 
Looking back, it's quite remarkable how things change - in life generally and as it pertains to this online diabetes community. Somehow, at some point, I crossed the line and started naming my medical devices. Not exactly sure where it began,  I'm sure this naming inspiration came from those in this community to some degree. You know, me doing what the cool kids do.

The Diabetes Online Community has grown exponentially and so much has changed, for the better. It's tough to keep up these days with everything that's been written, but that's a good prob to have. This community's patient-voice is so incredibly stronger and well-heard, and continues echoing here and beyond like a growing megaphone hooked up to our named-medical devices.

Mostly, I think it's humor and perspective that the DOC has injected into my life - cynicism and sarcasm is always present, but I feel that by connecting with others who are Living With Diabetes just as I am - and articulating those day-to-day challenges - it helps being able to put it all into context and better balance. I'm not the first to say it, but it's a matter of having everyone shoulder a D-Life rather it being just me. That's very powerful and I'm so thankful for the changes I've come to experience in recent years. And so on.

Amazing, isn't it, how time goes by?

Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I can't wait to see what's ahead. If nothing else, I'm sure it will have a cleverly fun name to go along with it.

9 comments:

Simon said...

Another inspiring post Mike
I'd just finished drafting my next post and read yours. I never cease to be amazed how so much of your experience resonates with my own. Despite the tyranny of distance I would consider you one of my closest friends. Your integrity and honesty is a credit to you and part of the reason the DOC continues to bring folk like myself out of the darkness of diabetic denial and into a community of comfort and candour.
Keep up the great work and maintain the rage!

Reyna said...

I have only been around for about a year. You are right though the change it has brought out around here, in our home, is so positive and I have seen it in
the DOC evolve during my short existence in this community. Only time will tell...but I bet there is so much more good and change to come.

Jess said...

hee hee. it is amazing how these inanimate medical supplies become such a central part of our lives.

you were so welcoming to me when i first joined the DOC, mike. thanks for that! :)

AmyT said...

So true, Michael, thank you for writing this!

I know that I struggle to keep up with all the great blogs, and especially to comment as often as I'd like. Just please know that your voice is appreciated!

Kate Seldman said...

I haven't heard back from you and wanted to reach out one last time. We're actively building up our health section, and I believe that our audience would be interested in what you have to say.

We're not selling you (or anyone) anything, we'd simply like to publish your content.

So please let me know if you have (or don't have) an interest in becoming a contributor on Opposing Views.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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Meri said...

I appreciate your voice, and everything I have learned from this community the last couple years. I'm honored to be a part of it.

Here's to evolving...even if it means naming inanimate objects!

Trev said...

Just curious, did scarface have a scar? Great post buddy! Yup, things change too fast sometimes, not fast enough other times.

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Things have changed a lot in just the last two years. I can only imagine your perspective with twice that length of time.

pancreasonmybelt said...

what a wonderful post mike!

The DOC is really wondeful, and I don't know where I would be without you guys - certainly wouldn't have named my pump that's for sure :)