Fantasy Diabetes Device…Diabetes Blog Week 2012

Definition of FANTASY

: the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need <an object of fantasy>; also : a mental image or a series of mental images (as a daydream) so created
Unfortunately I do not believe there will be a cure in my son’s lifetime. So my gut reaction answer has to be a cure.
But out of respect for Diabetes Blog Week I will give thought to a fantasy diabetes device that I would appreciate for my son.
I would love a blood glucose monitor that would work without pricking his 8 year old skin. His fingers are showing the wear and tear of checking over 10 times a day for almost 5 years. For you math buffs out there, that’s over 18,000 blood glucose checks that my son has had to endure.
I have seen tattoo glucose monitors in the news, and infrared devices that read through the skin, but unfortunately none of these are accurate enough for dosing of insulin (and not to mention years away from FDA approval).
With the advent of the insulin pump, and site changes taking place every three days, it is blood glucose checks that are the most intrusive in my son’s life.
It would be glorious to be able to check my son’s glucose in mid-soccer ball kick just by running a wand near his finger (or forehead or whatever).
This post is hard for me to write. I am a realist. I am an “it is what it is” kind of gal. I do not allow myself the luxury the daydreaming about fantasy diabetes devices for fear that I might begin to resent what is out there for us.