Things would be much easier if diabetes was the only thing on my mind. If the only challenge in my day was to calculate my carbs and stick in the right amount of insulin. That would also be quite a depressing way to live, I admit. So, in the interest of preserving sanity, we diabetic types tend to introduce something else into our existence, commonly known as life.
Life is fun. But it does tend to take up brain space. Unbelievably for those not reliant on stabbing themselves daily to stay alive, it is possible to have an injection without spending the whole morning fretting over it and the whole afternoon talking about it. It’s like brushing my teeth, it happens regularly but often while my brain is thinking about something else entirely.
When I started on the pump, one of the unexpected pleasures was the discovery that I could check the screen to see when I’d last bolussed. This has removed hours of frustrating conversations with the husband – did I inject for dinner? I can’t remember. Did you see me inject? Well I saw you take your pen out, but I’m not sure if you actually used it. Or maybe that’s yesterday I’m thinking of. All these injections tend to merge into one, you need to make each individual injection experience memorable and unique in some way, so we can clearly remember them. Did I inject? Ah yes, that was the one with the goldfish, I couldn’t forget that. What about breakfast. Well of course, that was when you stood on one leg and pirouetted as the needle went in.
Apparently there is now a duller alternative to the unique injection approach. A clever pancreatically challenged type has invented Timesulin – a handy little cap you can fit onto most insulin pens that records when you last injected. So rather than spending hours trying to rewind and replay your life to remember if you injected, you can simply look at the cap of your pen.
If such a boring form of existence appeals to you over the living by the seat of your pants, did I inject, I don’t know, let’s explore it through the medium of shared recollection and then conclude we’ve no idea approach – you can splash out 25 of your hard earned pounds to purchase one.
I have no idea if they’re any good and I have no intention of stopping using my pump just to try them out. But I really like the idea and their website tells you everything else you need to know.