It's frustrating to think how obsolete a computer becomes in four years. "Four years old? You must be ready for an upgrade!" So they order a new computer - the latest Mac or a zippy PC - and it arrives in all it's brand-new glory, promising to be light years ahead of the last model and melting the walls with its tangible power.
It's strange, though, to think that I've been pumping for four years now. Today's technology seems to be moving at the speed of light sometimes, with new versions of softwares being developed almost daily and gadgets being invented and reinvented by the hundreds, but my 512 and my soon-to-be ordered 522 won't be much different, save for small upgrades and the option for a continuous glucose monitoring system (which will be the subject of an insurance battle, I'm sure).
I understand that this medical device has come a significant way from its origin as a backpack-sized monstrosity to a beeper-sized gadget. I also understand that this is a strategic and precise medical device, something that helps to sustain and prolong my life. Bells and whistles don't matter as much as precision and accuracy.
I would love to open a new model, one that's four years ahead of the version I'm trading in. I would love to toss aside the packing peanuts, pull out that little plastic device, and marvel in what medical technology has done with four years.
I'm hoping that once I'm linked up to the constant glucose monitoring portion of my new pump and making use of real-time results every day, the walls will start to melt for me.