Freddie helps Paul do situps on the roof deck
Over the past few days, some entirely well-meaning friends have sent me links to info on a new piece of (not yet ready/available) diabetes tech, developed by Google, of all things. It's a contact lens that reads glucose levels, much the way a subcutaneous continuous glucose monitor (CGM) does, only less invasively.
Sunset City Views
Now, I have no trouble recognizing the wow-factor of such a gadget; however, having lived with Type 1 diabetes (and, of course, finger pricking) for 26 years now, I gotta say that this kind of techno-dickering doesn't thrill me. Here's what I wrote on the Canadian Diabetes Association's web page (and my own Facebook page), in response to their announcement about this "exciting" innovation:
(But first a shot of Freddie being very attentive on his way to school!)
"This makes me mad. This fancy-schmancy glucometer is not exciting news; it's a waste of research money. With very few exceptions, we diabetics get used to pricking our fingers very quickly. It's a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things. What we don't get used to is living with the inevitable fluctuations in blood glucose levels and their immediate and longterm complications. I'm tired of making money for pharmaceutical and gadget manufacturers who have no interest in diabetes being CURED." Hmph.
And, and, and ...
If cure-related research such as Dr. Denise Faustman's (Massachussetts General) were getting enough support*, I wouldn't be quite so opposed to this kind of stuff. This contact lens has the advantage of offering far more frequent readings than conventional blood glucose testing — kind of like CGM, which I've tried and given up on** — but it doesn't relieve the person with diabetes of the impossible job of being his/her own pancreas. Fund the Faustman Lab, Google (and anyone else with some medical research dough to spare)! http://www.faustmanlab.org/
Still need to figure out the safest way for our passenger to travel ...
(His crate doesn't fit in the back, and then, what to do with it once we've arrived?)
Burrard Bridge at Night
*I suspect one reason Dr. Faustman's work is under-funded is that her discovery — the ability of a common TB vaccine to restore pancreatic function and prevent a recurrence of the Type 1 diabetic autoimmune attack —is CHEAP and would involve no substantial monetary gains for anyone. Diabetes, Types I and II, is a HUGE money-maker ... as, I suppose, are many other medical conditions. Boo.
Some Favourite Colours
**CGM is a fine thing in theory ... but the technology is finicky (often to the point of uselessness), painful to insert (the early incarnations were positively medieval), extremely expensive (and not covered by my insurance), and made me feel like a frickin' robot (especially when paired with an insulin pump and all its paraphernalia). I ditched the whole system about one year ago and replaced it with FREDDIE — also not a cure, but he's sweet, playful, cuddly, entertaining, and eager to please, which is more than I could ever say for a CGM sensor or a fancy contact lens!
This pic was taken by a friendly passerby who offered. I really didn't mean to stick my tongue out at him!
Freddie, on the other hand, did intend to stick his tongue out at the ghosts living under the VSB grates!
(Note the untouched chicken pieces ...)
And now for something completely different ... I've always dug black & white photography, but B&W cinema, for some reason, hasn't generally grabbed me — except maybe in classic noir, where, obviously, it's a natural fit. However ... Paul and I have just started watching a 1967 BBC version of The Forsyte Saga, and although I was initially bummed to discover its black-and-whiteness, it's sort of growing on me. Good thing, as we're only 4 one-hour episodes into the 26-episode series!
Here's a bit more black-and-whiteness to finish off ...