Usually, by the end of January, any resemblance of a made resolution of early January has disappeared in my life. I really wish I was better at keeping them. I always found it interesting when I hear someone with T1D say that their resolution is to ‘do better’ and lower their A1C. Let’s be clear. Saying I want to go to the gym more or eat less pizza is a goal that is reachable and it is based on trying to break the cycle of human behavior. Making a new year resolution on lowering one’s A1C makes me want to say……give yourself a break.
Someone recently asked me If I had seen The Human Trial, and if I had any thoughts about it? I told them that I did see it and had no real earth-shattering thoughts to be discussed. Truth be known, I saw it a few times and my thoughts have been constant and with a single-focus. They have been on Maren and Greg, the two subjects highlighted in the film.
You see I have lived out this film a few times in my life.
With special apologies to Clement Moore. I present a tradition……an updated, ‘Twas the Night Before D-Christmas for 2022
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The meters, CGMs, and supplies were put away with such care,
In hopes that Santa would bring the cure with him this year.
Jean Kuczka was a teacher in St. Louis who died at the hands of a very troubled youth. She gave her life as a teacher. She knew what it was like to give back to our youth. She was protecting what she valued most, her students, and it cost her, her life.
In an instant her life was snuffed out while she was doing what she loved, teaching. She once wrote, I cannot imagine myself in any other career but teaching. Many of her former students are stating how much she meant to them as they try to come to grips with this horrendous tragedy. Jean loved to teach.
Over the years, I have heard so many statements regarding and surrounding, research. Research, the action; research, the word; research an event that is not leading us to a cure fast enough. I read something very interesting recently about statins, the drug used to control cholesterol.
Seems back in the days this drug was being created, it went under much scrutiny. It also went under numerous starts and stops. Allegations of ‘quack-science’ to genius findings occurred until it became an accepted practice for treating something that surely has saved lives. One story that stood out was that when the first research of statins was underway, using rodents which is the standard beginning animal models, showed extremely disappointing results. Cholesterol was not being reduced as hoped. It was extremely disappointing.
I have recently started to ask a question at a seemingly ridiculous time. Did diabetes play a role? Someone passes away…..did diabetes play a role? When someone calls and is arriving late……did diabetes play a role? A person is breaking up with tehir partner……did diabetes play a role?