I play a lot of video games. Frequent readers find that as no surprise. Additionally, I have Type 1 Diabetes. Of course if you are coming to a blog titled ‘A Consequence of Hypoglycemia’ you have a vague idea of what you are getting in to. One would think that these two forces combining like Voltron would be great for a humble wri-log-caster (writer, blogger, podcaster…wrilogcaster?) like me right? Right?
Google Reader recently snagged “Nintendo DS glucose reader for kids with diabetes.” Sigh.
I’m not sure how I feel about having children play a game to receive positive reinforcement for doing something that is vital to their health. Of course the target for this game likely cannot comprehend the severity Diabetes on a day to day basis.
While I applaud the people behind this game, I wonder if this is really the direction that needs to be taken as far as motivating and educating the junior members of the Wilford Brimley Fan Club.
Additionally, it worries me that a Nintendo DS game or an iPhone App would motivate someone to take better care of themselves. This is one of the things that I have never gotten about all of this. If you don’t take it seriously, you’re screwed. I know this thing is difficult but if a video game suddenly triggers the need to check your blood sugar, there are more serious issues going on.
I know I haven’t been at this long enough to feel the real grind, but it still boggles my mind that there are people out there with the means to manage their Diabetes, but actively choose to do nothing about it. Why not donate your resources to someone else who could really use some help? I know that sounds a bit morbid, but a Nintendo DS game should not be the genesis to a healthier lifestyle. Shouldn’t living be enough motivation?