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Tamagotchi Diabetes.

Remember the little Tamagotchi pets that were creepy/trendy 20 years ago?  (Yes, that was 20 years ago.  I’ll wait while you pluck out the gray hairs.)  As much as I wanted to not give a shit about that weird little egg, I did.  I wanted to press the buttons and feed it, pet it, care for it, and when the little X’s over the eyes popped up because I killed it, I felt like a crumb because I failed at doing the simple tasks required to keep it alive.

So much of the public perception of life with diabetes is that it runs Tamagotchi-style, a simple matter of pushing the right buttons and following the formula.  But diabetes doesn’t always run within the rules.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned during the last few decades with diabetes, it’s to always hope – hard – for the best but to be prepared for the inevitable hiccups.

Not in a “woe” sort of way, but more like avoiding the “whoa.”

Like this past weekend, when Chris and I took Birdzone to Maine for a few days.  It makes absolutely zero sense to me that a three hour drive would produce lingering low blood sugars, but playing on the beach would give rise (literally) to my Dexcom graph.  Eating the same breakfast two days in a row produced wildly different post-prandial numbers, despite similar fasting blood sugars and insulin doses.  Nothing went foul (fowl, in keeping with the digital chicken theme?) because I was pressed the buttons, fed it, petted it, cared for it, but it was paying it mind instead of “set it and forget it” that kept me between the lines.

“You just take your insulin and avoid sugar, yes?”

Run around and collect things, with the main requirement for success being to stick to the task list?  Dude, I wish.

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  1. People like it to be easy for us…so it will be easy for them. Hate to say it, but it’s true, although some people can be quite caring and interested in our continuous management of our disease, and as a result, daily existence.

    I believe there are worse diseases, but few chronic diseases are worse for time and energy spent managing it.

    06/30/14; 9:27 pm
  2. Lauren #

    That was 20 years ago?!? That makes me feel really old! My husband and I were just talking about those things the other day, trying to think of what they were called. So thanks! Also makes me realize just how long I’ve been taking care of this damn disease… thankfully a little better than the tamagotchi 🙂

    07/1/14; 10:12 pm
  3. Hi, thanks for the super sesion today, it was very interesting to lean about the social diabetres way ahead.

    I like your comparation with the Tamagotchi device – you are absolutely right, outsiders (visitors, learners, stakers) do not see the whole picture.

    But I have used the Tamagotchi device in an other way:

    What if someone developed at little programme where kids have to feed the Tamagotchi with blood sugers instead, The more mesurements the happier Tamagotchi 🙂

    see you on FFL14

    Lets try to make it a littlie more funny for the diabetes kids 🙂

    07/2/14; 3:53 pm
  4. 20 years ago — really?!? Ouch. lol Oops, hold on .. I missed another gray one …..

    07/8/14; 1:16 am

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