Technology is great, but I hate that I have to use it

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2014-01-31 17:20:36 -0600
Started 2014-01-30 15:38:41 -0600

I read a blog post today that was commenting on the new eye lenses that can track your blood sugar. The writer was saying how it is great that we have the opportunity of choosing what kind of tracking technology we use to capture our blood sugar levels and patterns. but that they hate that we have to use it. I agree with the post 100%. I get overwhelmed when there is so much data to analyze. I think that sometimes we can get too wrapped up in analyzing our blood sugars and what our body is doing. sometimes i think we just need to let our body work it out as much as it can before we step in. Don't get me wrong, I think that we need to do it in order to have good control but I just wish it was simple.

to read the blog post go to http://www.textingmypancreas.com/2014/01/self...


8 replies

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-01-31 17:20:36 -0600 Report

love your blog Kim. thanks for sharing Jeanette. I have been fully embracing tech since 1983 when I went to school to learn about those new-fangled personal computers.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-31 14:40:11 -0600 Report

I saw this on the news last month and someone started a discussion here about it the same day. I avoid all blogs as much as possible I can't stand reading them.

The thing with technology is that it is not available to everyone and just because it is out there does not mean you have to use it. Technology can be both good and bad based on the person using it.

You said we need to let the body work it out before we step in. If that were the case then there would not be any diabetics because the body would take care of itself.

I don't try to analyze my blood sugar that is why there are lab techs. I agree with you, as you said it can cause people to become overwhelmed and for some obsessed with doing it.

I think based on costs that it might be good for some people. What I wonder is just how accurate this would be. How would the wearer know if the lenses were not functioning properly? With meters if it is defective you can toss them and get another. Based on your insurance, you may not be able to get a new pair if your vision changes. There are just so many questions that have to be asked and answered with this.

TextingMyPancreas
TextingMyPancreas 2014-01-31 12:13:16 -0600 Report

Thank you for the shout-out, Jeanette. And to the viewpoint jarett88 mentioned - my point was not that I am ungrateful for the tools we now have. My point was that the cognitive burden the use of all this technology places on us is something that cannot be ignored.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-31 14:47:51 -0600 Report

Texting please don't be offended, I am not a blog reader. I read yours only because it was included in Jeanette's post.

One of the problems with technology is that it is thrown at us and often we have to learn how to use it on our own.

I ran into a senior citizen at an ATM. He was there trying to use it after having his Social Security Check direct deposited. I showed him what to do and made sure he took his card and recipet with him.

With the use of these lenses I think of the cost and if insurance will cover them. What happens with malfunctions and vision changes?

I agree we can't ignore technology because these days you can start your car, turn off lights, turn on heat and A/C and start your oven with your cell phone or tablet. You can put a Rumba on the floor and vaccum your house and there are robtics that can handle human work.

We now have bionic body parts. Who knew the 6million dollar man technology would come to fruition.

I think one day robots are going to take over it it will be like a bad movie on the SyFy Channel.

jarett88
jarett88 2014-01-30 22:13:20 -0600 Report

I do agree with you with technology, not a huge fan. HATE cell phone. But without it we would be all taking shots with syringes we have to boil every time. Doing blood sugars with chem strips. It is a lot easier now. I only use tech that I need or have to have. Love my pump.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-31 14:52:48 -0600 Report

Jarett, up until 2001, we had the old black rotary phones. I never thought I would see the day when I actually need to have my phone with me all the time. It has come in handy in meetings and walking around the community or out on the road.

I am not one who is on my phone all the time. I use it when I need it and spend most of the time playing games on it while I am watching tv or waiting for a meeting to start.

The good thing is that with technology we have to day, people don't have to boil syringes or use chem strips and people can have invisible hearing aids. We have come a long way in this world with it but it can be a problem. I hate having to listen to peoples telephone conversations on buses, trains or restaurants. Gets on my only working nerve.

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