Perhaps it’s because my sleep patterns are off (a combination of jet lag that still haunts me and a four-year-old who thinks it’s fine to wake me up at 2am because [insert a four-year-old’s logical excuse here]), but when I thought about change, all that came to mind was the old SNL skit about First CitiWide Change Bank.
“At First Citiwide Change Bank, We just make change.”
“We will work with the customer to give that customer the change that he or she needs. If you come to us with a twenty-dollar bill, we can give you two tens, we can give you four fives – we can give you a ten and two fives. We will work with you.”
The topic for today’s Diabetes Blog Week post is about change:
Either tell us what you’d most like to see change about diabetes, in any way. This can be management tools, devices, medications, people’s perceptions, your own feelings – anything at all that you feel could use changing.
I’ve seen a lot of changes in the last three decades when it comes to diabetes management.
We changed exchange lists (Oh, how I hated the “2 Breads, 1 Meat, 1 Fat, 1 Milk” mentality!) for counting carbs.
We changed blood glucose meters that took two minutes for a reading to ones that give that reading in five seconds.
We changed syringes with long needles for short needles, mixed pork and beef insulins for analogues.
We changed insulin pumps for better insulin pumps and inhaled insulin devices.
I’m not saying that these changes are bad. They’re not. They’re prolonging lives and making diabetes more manageable.
But we’re still just making change.
I want a cure.