Things I wish I had.

I see another multi-millionaire has sprung up this week, thanks to a winning Powerball ticket sold in Knoxville, Tennessee (I didn’t even have to look up how to spell Tennessee—got it right the first time!).

Scoring the winning ticket for the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot would be sensational—a life changer for myself and my family. It’s definitely one of the things I wish I had. What are some of the other things I wish I had? Hmmmm……
 
 
– I wish I had a working pancreas. That goes without saying, right? Top of the list, every time.

– I wish I had the ability to know where my BG was trending without drawing blood. Not in that “I’ve been to the bathroom three times in the last half hour, I must be high” kind of way. Just through osmosis, if that’s the right definition of the word.

– I wish I had the knowledge and the time and the money to devote my life’s work toward making life easier for People With Diabetes. I’d start with dual objectives: 1) Development of a bona fide, foolproof artificial pancreas system that’s so inexpensive, all insurance plans would cover 100 percent of the cost; and 2) An education system for people not living with diabetes, so terms like “Diabetes Police” and “You can just get rid of it with diet and exercise, right?” would be a thing of the past.

– Third objective: Heal the rift between some members of the Diabetes Community who hate on those not living with their type. Theme: They’re All The Bad Kind… So Be Kind. (sorry, it’s the first thing that popped into my head)

– Fourth objective: Provide everyone living with or affected by diabetes with exactly as much support as they need, when they need it. This would include professional help where necessary, and access to resources wherever a person is, even if they’re not at home. This includes people in countries with limited or no access to insulin. Why can’t we?

– I wish I could go to every kid fighting their way through their teenage years while living with diabetes, put my hand on their shoulder, and let them know that they are more than worth every single difficult thing they’re going through. It’s okay to love yourself, kids. Just the way you are right now. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.

– I wish I could develop a plan, like a Ready.gov plan, that would allow PWDs to gather all of their important information in one place, then share that data immediately at critical times and places like hospital emergency rooms, diabetes camp, and schools. I’ve been thinking about this kind of thing for a while. Why can’t we?

– I wish I could fix our healthcare system in America. I could do it too, if I also had the ability to get lawmakers, healthcare systems, drug companies, device makers, and a host of others to realize that patients are people, and corporations aren’t.

– I wish I had the ability to eliminate all middle-of-the-night hypoglycemic episodes, for everyone, forever.

– I wish I had the ability to make insulin unnecessary while swimming. Or showering. Or anything water-related. Never again would someone have to ask “Are those waterproof?”.

– And world peace. Because: Why can’t we?
 
 
Now… what are some of the things you wish for?
 
 
 

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Comments

  • Karen  On June 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Yes, I second every single one of your wishes. And also, for a frivolous one, delicious chocolate that had no calories or carbs (or ingredients that cause stomach distress . . . . )

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  • Katy  On June 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I think I would wish for stupid stuff like vacations and remodeled bathrooms. Your posts (this one and today’s) are making me realize that I aim very, very low in terms of diabetes.

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    • StephenS  On June 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Actually, I would do just about anything for a new kitchen right now. With a dishwasher and more than 18 inches of counter space. Thanks for all of the great comments!

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  • Kelley  On June 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Yes all great wishes! It’s sad that I was thinking how over ambitious they were but why can’t they all be a reality!?

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