D-Blog Week – topic 4 – Fantasy Diabetes Device!

Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary.  Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be?  Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc.  The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

I have not thought about this before. I am not sure why.

Perhaps I have merrily gone about my 33 years of life with diabetes without wondering about devices, rather accepting what there is and getting on with using it. I know when I got type 1 and had to test my urine I felt like a leper. I know when the doctor said I now had to do blood glucose testing I rebelled, no I quite clearly stated, “I AM NOT DOING THAT”. But I did.

I know I was intrigued and quite pleased when moving from a needle which required attaching to the syringe, to an all in one syringe and finally, a pen for my injections. I know I have rejoiced each time blood glucose checking got easier, smaller, faster. And I know I worried, stressed and feared starting on a Insulin Pump but 11 years down the track would never go back. I also know that living life reliant on devices, on batteries and things that can break down or require refilling at the most inopportune moments is a life filled with stress.

But thinking about a fantasy device? I am not sure I have ever done that.

So for today’s topic, the first thing that came to mind was that I would like to say that my fantasy diabetes device would have to be quite simply a working pancreas. That is all. Is that too much to ask for? A pancreas that knows exactly when and how much insulin to release? A pancreas that does not involve wearing a device clipped to me 24/7 and cannula and line changes every 3 days? A pancreas that does not BEEP all the time, that does not require me to prick my fingers 15 – 20 times a day to tell it what to do, that does not require priming, that does not require me to take a 10 kilo handbag everywhere with spare pump supplies and needles “just in case” and that does not feel incredibly uncomfortable when I roll on it during the night?

Or how about a pancreas that does not get it wrong, that does not over or under shoot, that does not make me swing from trembling sweaty low, to desert mouthed, foggy brained high.

In short a pancreas that WORKS.

This is not a whinge. I live a full, happy and fruitful life despite diabetes and I am mostly positive. I am certainly very grateful for all the new developments in technology that enable me to live this life.

But a working pancreas – now that would be something to see in my lifetime.

And at the moment – that would also be a fantasy.


  1. tricia7473 on May 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I too have been living with diabetes for 33 years! I also lived during the “dinosaur days” of urine testing! I find it exciting to meet others who remember those times:)
    I too feel a working pancreas in my lifetime would be a fantasy…if only! Great post!

    • Helen Edwards on May 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      thanks Tricia 🙂 Sometimes I feel like a dinosaur! But wouldn’t it be nice- we can only enjoy our lives just as they are, but still hope

  2. Pearlsa N. B. (@adjoa) on May 18, 2012 at 12:28 am

    33yrs Wow Congratulations, I can only imagine. I want a working pancreas too 🙁


    • Helen Edwards on May 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

      thanks Pearlsa! I vote we start making one! 🙂

  3. JC on May 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

    After 32 years living with type 1, I received a “working” kidney/pancreas three years ago. The battle to get to that point wasn’t worth the new “working” pancreas! The stress doesn’t become any less, it just changes form a little and requires a few less devices in your handbag!

    • Helen Edwards on May 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Hi JC – yes I understand that the transplant process is not pretty 🙁 and the drugs needed following this. I hope that you have some better quality of life over and above the handbag!