In an Ideal World

In an ideal world, my meter would produce a magical 5.5 while I’m fasting.

In an ideal world, I could select any spot on my stomach for the placement of an infusion site.

In an ideal world, my blood sugars would respond to potatoes in exactly the same fashion as yoghurt.

In an ideal world, I could fall asleep knowing that my blood sugar will stay stable all through the night.

In an ideal world, I could go for a walk and not worry about my blood sugar dropping.

In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have to worry about rage bolusing every time I’m sick or I’m stressed.

In an ideal world, my levels would steadily rise and then fall back into line after I eat.

In an ideal world, my blood sugar wouldn’t be affected by protein or fat.

In an ideal world, I would be able to feel every oncoming hypo.

In an ideal world, my basal insulin needs would be identical through each hour of the day and the night.

In an ideal world, a diabetes healthcare professional would spend a whole day with me if need be.

In an ideal world, I would have been encouraged to consider technology by my diabetes team.

In an ideal world, everyone who wishes to use an insulin pump would have one.

In an ideal world, a Continuous Glucose Monitor would be subsidised for those who want to use one.

In an ideal world, insulin wouldn’t be so fucking expensive.

In an ideal world, insulin wouldn’t keep getting more fucking expensive.

In an ideal world, access to medication and basic healthcare wouldn’t be determined by my location or income.

In an ideal world, diabetes and pharmaceutical companies would have the best interests of people living with diabetes at heart.

In an ideal world, I would be excited about the artificial pancreas systems hitting the market next year.

In an ideal world, nobody would feel isolated or different for having diabetes.

In an ideal world, I would have perfect management of my diabetes.

6 Comments

  1. In an ideal world no one would even have to have diabetes :). Love this post as i was thinking along these lines this morning when I felt my needle hit that fat deposit … urgh!

  2. In an ideal world people would also stop blaming diabetics for “not taking care of themselves” when complications do eventually hit, and understand that this disease is not at all as “manageable” as they believe (just don’t eat chocolates right???). Love this post.

    • Absolutely. Nobody asks for complications, we are all trying our best. There’s even research now showing that some complications are linked to genetic factors rather than management. Thanks for reading!

  3. Rick Phillips

    In an ideal world I would be able to safely tell my grandchildren there is nothing for them to worry about when they see me put a needle in my abdomen.

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