Best of Both Worlds?

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?

2 thoughts on “Best of Both Worlds?

  1. Any given day, any bit of motivation or distraction or change of pace can be helpful. While I get your point that health should be its own motivator, clearly most human beings don’t live healthy for living’s sake. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be a generally overweight, underfit society.

    As you say, the target for this game, aka my 12 year old, isn’t tuned into mortality enough to distract himself from other pursuits 6-8 times a day. I have to remind him. And I’m ok with that.

    I don’t see this as a motivator or a genesis for a healthier lifestyle, just one of many tools to be used.


  2. Amen. Amen. Amen.
    I’m all for helping PWDs manage their disease, especially the kiddos.
    But apps and games?
    Oh how I miss the days of my mom kicking us kids outside at 9am and we did not come in for the night until 9pm.
    Get. Outside. Folks!
    Exercise is more important then sitting on your arse and playing a game to win prizes. Do it for yourself, for your family, for those you love — not to gain points or winnings to show off. Come on now.
    Just sayin’.

    And thanks for the linkage. 🙂 Very kind of you.
    Hope you’re feeling better!



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