The funny thing is a version of this internal monologue happens with nearly every decision I make that can be influenced or impacted by diabetes.
Let’s get the basics down first. Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in the body of many animals. When it is produced in the body it stimulates the heart-rate, contracts blood vessels, dilates air passages, and has a number of more minor effects. Adrenaline is naturally produced in high-stress or physically exhilarating situations. Among other actions, physical activity is one way to naturally produce adrenaline. Of course there are other ways to encounter adrenaline (NSFW, but come on, it’s Pulp Fiction) or you can overload on the stuff like in ‘Crank.’ My point is, adrenaline is a naturally occurring chemical that in the right context can be a good thing.
When people ask me about my job, I usually say “the health insurance is nice.” I make no shortcuts about the fact that right now, health insurance is more important than job satisfaction. I’m young enough that I can still figure out what it is I want to do with my life and not risk being pigeon-holed into a specific job that I can no longer get out of. And in These Troubled Times (drink!), having a stable job AND job security is nothing to scoff at (government contractors ftw!). As nice as having health insurance is, this whole real-world/form-copying/prescription-substantiation/am-i-covered nonsense is getting a bit ridiculous. I miss the days when I only had to worry about waking up for class. I miss the days where the biggest task for the day was working a double shift at 5 Guys. Why must Wilford be so meticulous? Continue reading