Each day this April I will be writing a post for The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’d love to see what you have to say about each of the topics, too. Check out the challenege here: http://info.wegohealth.com/HAWMC2012 Enjoy today’s topic!
#HAWMC Day 01
The Health Time Capsule
For the first day of Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge I will be creating a “virtual” time capsule. Usually time capsule’s hold, photos, memories, and other items to remind us of what we lived through in the past.
This time capsule however is composed of items and memories of my health. To start off I should say that this “virtual”, make-believe time capsule is to be opened in 100 years in the year 2112. So suffice to say I will probably not be around. (Though if I were, that would be impressive!)
Alright all joking aside I think that it would be completely awesome to open up a time capsule from 100 years ago. It would be even more awesome if it was medical and health based. I am super interested in the history of medicine and I think it is so cool to compare where we were then to where we are now! (Check out Breakthrough. Seriously a good diabetic history read!)
So without further adieu, I now present you the list of items that would be included in my 2012 Diabetes time capsule.
2012 HumaBLOG Diabetes time capsule:
1. My old trusty Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump. – I think it would be so cool for the person who opened my time capsule to see our somewhat outdated diabetes technology. If I had a backpack pancreas in my hands I would be mesmerized. But maybe that is just me.
2. Other insulin supplies – Syringes (needled end clip of course), meter, test strip, lancing device, ketone strips, ect. For the same reason above I think it would be cool in a museum
3. A copy of every You Can Do it Blog and Video. – Diabetics of the future may need encouragement too! Or if there is a cure, people need to know the hardships we face.
4. A copy of every humaBLOG animation- Hey a girl’s gotta promote!
5. Unicorns and cupcakes of course
I would also include a letter to the recipient. Because this is a “virtual” time capsule, the letter reads as follows.
Dear Future Human/Alien Overlord race/giant dancing cupcake eating unicorn monster,
My name is Rachel. I have Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a disease that affects many many many people around the world here in the year 2012. I am telling you this in the hopes that by the time you receive this capsule Diabetes will have been cured.
Every day my family and friends hope and pray for a cure in our lifetimes. For me I am not sure I will be around to see one. However I don’t mind. Diabetes has actually given me things I would never ever want to miss out on. So for now I hope that you don’t know what this disease is because it was cured so long ago that people have forgotten.
If this is the case let me explain what Type 1 diabetes entails. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. That means that my immune system decided to go all rouge and attack my pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that produces a hormone that regulates how much sugar is in my blood stream. Because my pancreas was attacked my immune system I no longer can create my own insulin. As a result I need to take synthetic insulin every day, every hour in order to live. So if you are an alien overlord, I was probably the first to go when the famine occurred. Don’t worry I’m not mad.
Anyway, because I inject my own insulin and I am merely a human and I am not perfect, my life is full of numbers and math problems. And sometimes it just doesn’t work.
Within this capsule you will find various diabetic supplies that I use to measure blood sugar and inject synthetic insulin. I have also included some inspirational words from some of my friends. In case you need a little inspiration. Lets face it we all do.
Love ya like a sis/bro/overlord/unicorn monster,
Rachel, age 21 in 2012, age 121 in 2112
So what would you put in your health time capsule?
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