Lifeline or social suicide? After serving a kindly type-1 diabetic two helpings of pasta, several glasses of red wine, a cookie the size of your head, and some sort of a death-by-chocolate concoction, Georgetown socialite and TURer was shocked when her insulin-challenged guest pulled from his waistband what appeared to be a beeper.
"Are you a drug dealer? Why do you carry a pager,” she asked. And who could blame her: pagers were so eight years ago.
Which leads me to the age-old question: ‘let glucose-producing carbs ravage my body or try to fit in?’ Why should diabetics have to make those hard choices? Tighten up Medtronic!
Originally praised for developing a pump with pager-like qualities in a convenient size, insulin pump producer Medtronic claimed “only the trained eye can tell the difference (from a pager)”. Well guess what?! Wearing one of their so called “pager-like pumps” is socially reckless and could easily be cause for blacklist.
In short, couldn’t the smarty-pants at Medtronic keep up with the times and make their “life-savers” look like relevant consumer electronics? Not tight. A sensible nano, blackberry, or Wii would be way cooler and at least you wouldn’t have to choose between friends and diabetes-induced comas. Suggestions for a redesign welcomed and strongly encouraged.
Oh, and Medtronic - in case you can only read pager: 8444836 87!