Cell Phone Cyanosis

My kids are attached to their cell phones like some people are to oxygen. So I sometimes give them a hard time if they are away from their phones by asking, “Are you OK? Can you breathe?”

What about diabetes technology? How dependent are we on insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, and the rest of it? Could we survive without it if we had to?

As much as technology has changed lives and diabetes care (and it most definitely has!), there are still many people who don’t have access to it. These tools are also not yet perfect and they do malfunction from time to time. This is a good reminder of how important it is to continue teaching/learning the basics, at least for now.

I have no doubt there will come a day when people are diagnosed with diabetes and immediately connected to technological gadgets, and there might even come a day when those gadgets are fool-proof. While they will do all the math for us, we still have to do the thinking.

So let’s not cut off our oxygen supply yet, and let’s not ever stop thinking. After all, diabetes is the thinking person’s disease.

 

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