Saturday, July 11, 2015

The battle for territory

My OmniPod is amazing. Hands down, game changer. In terms of having a tiny plastic cannula and liquid-filled computer pod taped to your body 24/7, it is probably top-of-the-line, comfort-wise. It's discreet (except when it beeps which is you know...every two seconds...), wearable, and keeps me alive. All good things.

Same with my Dexcom. Discreet, wearable, mostly comfortable.

The only problem is that both are subcutaneous. Meaning that, they require fatty spots on your body for best absorption and certainly for the most comfort. Meaning that, every time you work out, it's a weird sort of tug-of-war in your mind. On the one hand, who doesn't want a six pack? On the other hand, every spot of muscle you gain is a spot that, while you don't quite lose, certainly becomes more difficult and painful to use for diabetes purposes.

Is my body what I want it to be? Or is it a vessel for my exterior pancreas? Because while I want the former, I certainly need the latter.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Precious Human Life

Every day, think as you wake up:

"Today I am fortunate to have woken up.
I am alive, I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use
all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for
the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have
kind thoughts towards others.
I am not going to get angry,
or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others
as much as I can."

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama