Sunday 1 April 2012

Diabetes Time Capsule ~ HAWMC, Day 1

Today is the first day of WEGO Health's 2012 Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge. Yup, 30 posts in 30 days, so let's get this party started.

Today's prompt asks bloggers to pretend they are making a time capsule of their health focus that won't be opened until 2112. What's in it? What might people think of it when the find it?

Seeing as we keep all of our household diabetes supplies in a rubbermaid box, I think it's fitting that my time capsule be in the same. Its contents would be:
-insulin pump with instruction manual
-vial of insulin
-sample infusion set and reservoir
-blood glucose kit
-bottle of strips
-handful of lancets
-bottle of dextrose tablets
-couple of syringes

My guess would be that people opening my time capsule would be shocked that we even used such things. Hopefully that would be because diabetes had either long since been cured, or because the technology to control it was so far advanced that our pumps looked to them as the first insulin pump looks to us now. 

Technological development moves exponentially fast, so I find it unfathomable to even imagine where we might be in 100 years. After all, 100 years prior to now, there was NO treatment for diabetes whatsoever. Insulin has only been available for 90 years, and the first insulin pump wasn't invented until just over 30 years ago, at which time it was the size of a large backpack and looked like this

Can you imagine wearing one of these bad boys around?

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1 comment:

  1. Jen...I LOVE the picture of the first insulin pump. Really puts into perspective how far we have come. Wow.