Re: [IP] how i became a pessimist: a tale
I agree with you Sara 110%. Where is the damn cure.
Type 1 since 1957
At 01:00 PM 7/8/03 -0400, you wrote:
>ya know, I was always one of those bright-eyed, eager, positive-energied
> little diabetics....Even as a kid when I didn't test, and ate as I
> pleased, I'd
>door to door collecting donations for the walkathons, telling people how they
>were FIGHTING for a cure. I drew a poster about diabetes for the Barbara
> Davis Center in Denver when they first opened and WON a bike (and me
> without an
>artistic bone in my body), I wantonly threw myself through college with all
>the food and alcohol, SURE that there was gonna be a cure "someday" - they
>PROMISED one...it seemed like such a simple idea.....someday was just around
>the corner. one day i would wake up and there would be a story in the paper
> about the first cured diabetic and then in a few years, i would be able
> to sign
>up for whatever it was that cured it...
>then i got a pump
>then I got the bill for the pump, and the subsequent bills for all the
> resevoirs and catheters and bard wipe and all the rest of it......and then
>paid for it
>and I thought...well, this pump thing is a nice "bandaid" til the REAL cure
> comes along...cuz SURELY it will....and in the mean time I can take even
>care of myself and stretch my life out long enough that maybe I will still be
>around for a cure if it comes...
>Then, 4 years later, my perfectly good pump was replaced by a newer "better"
>model, and because my old one was out of warranty (although it had NEVER
> malfunctiond), my health insurance paid for a new one....and again I
>this is fine...at least this one is black....this will hold me til the cure
> comes....which i knew then was NOT just around the corner.....but still
> felt it
>was on the horizon...a CURE, for ME.
>So, then last year, after 5 years of perfectly good functioning, (1 out of
> warranty), they "tell" me I need a NEW pump....they vigorously try to
> get me to
>buy the paradigm, but having read about all the troubles people were
> experiencing, as well as my belief that it was rushed to market too
> soon, not
> mention the fact that the proprietary reservoir/catheter idea is
> abhorent to my
>American belief in competition, I insisted on the 508....
>I tell ya, it is because of the pump that I don't BELIEVE in a cure
> anymore....Sure, it is nice to know that there are reseachers and
> doctors out
> dedicated to looking for one, making little discoveries here and there
> to throw
>out to us; to "appease" our whimper (for it surely is not a cry) for a cure,
>but the pitiful amount of money they spend on it leads me to the conclusion,
>pessimistic as it is, that the big drug companies that run this country, and
>much of the rest of the world (didn't a drug company FUND that new study that
>lowers the ideal blood pressure from 120/70 to 110/60) are not idiots and are
>certainly not driven to END diabetes. They know a cash cow when they see
>and finding new and better and snazzier ways of "treating" diabetes is better
>for their bottom line than directing MORE money to research!
>Pumps over the last 30 years have gotten smaller, lighter and more complex,
>but they still do the same thing they always did.....The fact tht the
>what is considered "optimal control" has been raised aside, it STILL does the
>same thing...it drips insulin into us in a sort of regular fashion, sort of
> mimicking hte way the body does it. And we are still gonna go out there
> and buy
>the new and better and snazzier and purple-er thing cuz that is what we DO...
>pardon ME for being pessimistic about the whole thing. I don't think the new
>gadget is any kind of a step towards a cure for diabetes...only another band
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