Today's topic is "What is your fantasy diabetes device?" If you could have any helpful device, what would it be?
Hands down, I want a breathalyzer to check blood sugar. One that works every time!
I remember the doctor telling me that my 22-month- old son has a disease which requires that I, and later he, must stab his fingers with a poker every day for the rest of his life.
No, not once, but 6 to 10 times per day! Every day, for the rest of his life!!!
Do these finger pokes leave marks? You betcha! Do they scar and cause calluses? Yep! Do they hurt? Ding! Ding! Ding! Winner!
Well, what if we don't want to, I thought? He's my child and I DON'T WANT TO!
Oh, don't worry we were told; we will put the poker in a cute little plastic thing and make it look pretty. You can even get one in his favorite color! Oh, and don't worry, if his fingers get worn out, you can test him on his arm, or maybe even his toe!
Whaaaatttt? His toe?
OK, I’M THINKING, YOU GET THIS BABY WHO IS STILL IN DIAPERS TO STICK OUT HIS TOE, AND THEN YOU POKE IT WITH A POKER AND HOPE IT BLEEDS AS HE WATCHES AND FEELS YOU SQUEEZE - 6-10 TIMES A DAY. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, YOU GO AHEAD DOC AND GIVE THAT A TRY BECAUSE I SURE AS HELL, AM NOT DOING IT!!!
I thought that he would surely squeal and run, similar to kids facing immunizations. As they should. Nope! Not me! Not my kid! Not EVER!! See you later suckers, because instead of poking, we are headed for the Dairy Queen!
Good luck to all y'all; later gators!
That is how I remember it. That dramatic and that overwhelming.
Of course, it went nothing like that in reality, but it might as well have! Because poking you child's finger 6-10 times a day every day stinks! No, to hell with it! It sucks! Noone should have to endure this every day. They say you don't feel it after a while. That is beside the point. A man walked on the moon 15,642 days ago. The internet was invented 10,951 days ago. My friend used her cell phone Facetime app to see her mom in the Southern tip of Africa 94 days ago! Believe it or not, the seemingly impossible can become reality if someone is determined to make it happen!
I know they have tried the breathalyzer to check blood sugar and there were difficulties. But come on people, let’s not give up! The status quo of barbaric pokers is unacceptable! Make it happen! Don't you want to be the first company out there to create this? I promise it would put you on the map forever! Just ask all the 6 year olds who will be buying your products for the next hopefully 94 years.
So yes, if Rocco could blow into a little piece of plastic instead of poking and bleeding, that would be nice… I mean look at those little fingers. He has at least 80 more years of doing this...