"You ARE the pancreas…"
A friend of mine stopped by this afternoon. During our visit I realized that we hadn't seen each other since before I was diagnosed with diabetes. He saw my Bayer USB meter plugged into the front of my computer…said it was the biggest thumb drive he'd ever seen. Said 'what does that puppy hold, about a gazillion gigabytes?' I told him it wasn't a thumb drive but a blood glucose meter that uses a USB connection for downloading the blood glucose tests onto a program.
"So, what's up with that?" he asked. "Somethin' wrong with your blood I oughta know about? You don't like have something I can get takin' a pull off this Jack Daniel's bottle, do you?"
"No!", I explained. "For the last maybe, oh, 7 months I'd been trying to kill my pancreas and other organs through my decadent lifestyle!"
"So, did you do it?", he asked.
I explained to my friend what diabetes was, what types there were, why they were that type, what treated what, what did what, what the heck and whatever…and then after a half hour I asked my friend if he understood any of that. He replied:
"Well…the way I understand it, with type 2 you're like your pancreas's little helper. With type I…you ARE the pancreas!"
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