In the last couple of days, I’ve noticed the following message spreading around Facebook:
“Change your FB profile picture to your favorite cartoon from your childhood. The goal is to not see a human face on FB till Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse, pick your cartoon character then copy & paste to your status and invite your friends to do the same!”
So, I got to thinking about which cartoon to choose, and I kept thinking back to all the time I spent watching Inspector Gadget before I’d head off to school for the day. So, I chose that cartoon, changed my profile picture, and then posted the message on my fb page. Gadget always accepted and completed his mission, and I completed mine.
Of course, my mind didn’t stop thinking about Inspector Gadget after I was finished with that mission. My train of thought progressed from doing something to help one cause, to how I was going to work a cartoon character from my childhood into a diabetes related post. And given my pension for analogies, it didn’t take me long to come up with an angle.
I was always amazed by all the crazy stuff Inspector Gadget would pull out of his hat and coat. I mean really, that dude would say “go go gadget copter” and would take off through the air. I wanted to do that. Hell, I still want to do that, but I digress.
What was I talking about? Oh right, Gadgets!
Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, the Inspector Gadget cartoon is long gone, but there are more gadgets available to us than I ever could have imagined as a child.
And now I’ve got Ariel from The Little Mermaid in my head singing “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty; I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I got twenty.” Great! (Jess will love that Disney reference.)
OK, OK! I’ll get to the point.
The point is, now that I’ve been living with and learning about diabetes for two years, I’m amazed by all of the gadgets that people with diabetes pull out of their hats, coats, and big ass bags.
There are glucometers, test strips, lancing devices, lancets, continuous glucose monitoring systems, insulin pumps, infusion sets, reservoirs, syringes, insulin vials, alcohol prep wipes, pill boxes, glucose tabs, glucagon kits, and ketone stix.
I probably left something out, and I’m sure someone will tell me if I did, but I think you get the picture. There’s a lot of extra stuff goes along with living with the various types of diabetes. All things that are vital to completing our day to day mission of living with our version of Dr. Claw, the big D.
This message will not self-destruct in ten seconds, but I may if I don’t get some rest pretty soon. Wish me luck.
Oh, I should test my blood sugar before I accept the mission of trying to sleep. Go Go Diabetic Thingamabob!