Today let's talk about changes, in one of two ways. Either tell us what you'd most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people's perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing. OR reflect back on some changes you or your loved one has seen or been through since being diagnosed with diabetes. Were they expected or did they surprise you?OK, this is a little too serious for my taste today.
I don't want to talk about that oh-so-serious something I'd change in the world of diabetes. There are many things: CGM Availability for all who want it, Global Insulin Access, Insurance Coverage Navigability, Public Awareness, blah blah blah. It's all important. And stuff I advocate for - just not today.
Yes, I feel like I've seen a good amount of change in the 31 years since my T1D diagnosis. And those who've lived longer have seen their share, too.
Most recently at the JDRF TypeOneNation Summit in Metro Detroit, it was pretty fascinating hearing the legendary Dr. Fred Whitehouse talk about his experience during the past seven decades -- from seeing his little brother live through a dx'd, his practicing with the Dr. Eliot Joslin in the late 40s, moving his practice to the Detroit area and even treating the grown-up Elizabeth Hughes Gossett who as a girl was one of the first to ever get insulin from Dr. Banting himself.
The man has pretty much seen it all, and a hell of a lot has changed, no doubt.
Whitehouse will present on 7 decades of diabetes, from 1938 until 2015! Quite a history for him. #JDRFSummit— JDRF Summit (@JDRFSummit) May 9, 2015
Whitehouse first learned of #Diabetes in 1938 at 12 years old when his brother Johnny was diagnosed during a family road trip. #JDRFSummit— JDRF Summit (@JDRFSummit) May 9, 2015
1940 daily living in the world: no formal #diabetes edu/interaction, not eligible for camping or other activities as child. #JDRFSummit— JDRF Summit (@JDRFSummit) May 9, 2015
Rapid acting insulin, disposable syringes, pump, etc. all available now. #JDRFSummit, #T1D, #Diabetes— JDRF Summit (@JDRFSummit) May 9, 2015
Yep, true that. Kudos to Dr. Whitehouse, a man who at 89 has it going on!
Oh, and seriousness aside?
Today, my wish for that oh-so-great-change in diabetes (short of a cure):
Beer, instead of insulin.
Yep, I wish that those of us with diabetes didn't need insulin to survive. Instead, I wish that beer had
blood sugar lowering effects.
That would be awesome, and I'd have the best A1C ever.
Now, that would be a change I could get behind... and raise my glass to, without raising my blood sugars!