Here is a quote that grabbed me today.
"There's no one who would like to see a device that automatically doses based on the levels of a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) more than I do. (Well, except for my two T1D kids; they will want to see this more than me.) It’s going to be fantastic technology when it gets here. But if we’re not prepared now for when the insulin pump and/or CGM malfunctions, I worry what future device failures will bring.
Some people will be in real danger if they are not versed in what to do when they are actually connected to two devices transmitting to each other; and the devices fail to function correctly. And rest assured…they will break, and it will be much more life threatening then walking up a broken escalator, you can count on that!
When it comes to the daily management of diabetes, if we are not prepared to handle the basics, no amount of prayers in the world will help us with gizmos and gadgets."
https://www.ontrackdiabetes.com/blogs/diabete... (read the article, his opening analogy is funny, but very sad at the same time.)
The whole article was more on faith and how faith will not help us if we do not know what to do without the devises we have all grown accustomed to having to help us manage our diabetes. I am already a bit anti-tech myself, but this guy really hit the nail on the head.
Do you let your CGM do all the work for you? Have you sat down with a pen and paper and done some math without your calculator to figure out how much you need to bolus or inject before a meal? Can you notice what your body is telling you if you don't have a meter to test with? What happens when your pump clogs or fails to deliver? Do you know the work arounds?
Having a physical connection to our diabetes management is important. Technology fails. Batteries die. Readings can be off. I know it makes our lives easier in many ways and frees up time we would otherwise be spending doing the long division. But never let go of the manual ways to manage your diabetes. Knowing what to do when technology fails may just save your life.
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