Sometimes I wonder if I’m better off remembering what life was like before my diagnosis. I don’t have many specific memories that are tied to food or a carefree lifestyle that didn’t exist before regular insulin injections and blood glucose checks defined my routine, so it’s not as if I can directly attribute a loss of life’s joys to diabetes.
I assume this kind of thinking, that diabetes is a thief, among the newly diagnosed. When the changes required to survive are still raw, it’s easy to draw immediate comparisons to a life that once was. I’ve lived with diabetes long enough that I don’t think about how my life has changed as much as how my life with diabetes has changed. I suppose it’s how I try to stay positive through all the easily-identifiable negativity. This Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor sure is great. Life with an insulin pump is a lot easier than managing insulin pen needles. The port light on my blood glucose meter is awfully handy.
Is it bad that I get excited at the mere sight of diabetes coverage in more mainstream outlets that simply “get it right”? It doesn’t matter what they’re talking about, but the simple idea that the topic of diabetes is reaching eyeballs of the un, or underinformed, makes me happy.
Today a few of my friends shared this article from NPR asking why insulin is so expensive. Last year this article about Sierra Sandison made a number of rounds across the Internet. Remember that dominatrix lady from CSI who also had type 1 diabetes? Maybe that was just me.
I suppose it’s telling that any factual coverage is enough for me, but we have to start somewhere, right?
Do you fish? No. You know, people who don’t fish think that fishing is lazy or boring, but it is the complete opposite. There are a hundred little decisions to be made, variables to be considered. And you’re never quite sure what made the difference. Did I cast too high, too far to the left? Did I reel it in too slow or… or… or too fast? Is the lure too shiny or too dull? Do I stay here, or should I go over there? And you know it’s not luck, but you do not know… By how much.
Oddly enough, while I was listening to this monologue from the latest episode of Scandal, I kept thinking they were talking about diabetes, not fishing…
Did you know typical wedding invitations weigh too much to be covered by a forever stamp? That’s right, forever stamps will handle postage for envelopes weighing up to one (1) ounce.
Did you know that the cost of typical wedding invitation postage is 70¢? Seems awfully specific, doesn’t it?
Did you know the USPS offers 70¢ stamps that happen to be designed for wedding invitations? It’s true. It’s true.
And, did you know that fun design elements like putting a return address stamp on the back of your wedding invitation yields a 50/50 chance the return address will be interpreted as the destination address if it’s read incorrectly by the sorting machines?
Sit back and enjoy a conversation between two friends and their perspective on planning their respective weddings. This week, Nathan Gillard and I discuss Pinterest, destination weddings, the ethics of honeymoon registries, and whether or not a ping pong table is an appropriate addition to a reception. Enjoy.
I’m currently reading What If? by xkcd’s Randall Munroe. It’s pretty great. One of the sections elaborates on what would happen if you collected all of the elements of the periodic table in little cubes and put them together, as arranged in the periodic table. What unfolds is, obviously absurd given the lack of reality, but fascinating. One of the chemical reactions mentioned is related to the video above, describing what happens when gallium and aluminum hang out.