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Prayers Can Be Powerful But So Are Our Brains

use your headSometimes we become so reliant on technology that we forget to use our brains. Successfully managing diabetes means anticipating technological malfunctions and knowing how to use a needle to deliver insulin when all else fails.

I’m a man of faith. And while I admit that I’m not the most diligent of God’s stewards—I'll never deny that—I do have a strong faith. I believe the relationship between an individual and their God is a deeply personal one.

When I was growing up I heard a story about a man who constantly prayed that he would not get wet. Water was something he feared so much he prayed constantly for protection. One day he shared his concerns about water with a young boy. The child listened intently then stated the obvious: "just stay inside”!

A simple solution.

Every life has its share of harship, tragedy and circumstances beyond our control. The way we choose to deal with these events can vary and it's not unusual to turn to God during difficult times. But sometimes, when I see people frantically seeking divine intervention, I wonder why they don't just go inside.

I made this observation not so long ago when I read a post from an absolutely distraught mom who was beside herself with worry because her child's insulin pump had malfunctioned during a holiday weekend. She told me she had been praying ‘for quite some time’ for God to help her and save her from the despair she was facing due to a broken insulin pump. She had left numerous messages for her doctor and felt as though she was at the end of her rope.

I truly did not understand.

"Give the boy a shot…what’s the problem?" This is the thought that kept going through my head over and over and over again.

We’re making a big mistake when we become so reliant on our technology that we forget the basics of managing diabetes.

Consider the story of the little boy perplexed at the sight of a broken escalator. A grown man sees his confusion and remarks: “A busted escalator is nothing more than a staircase, son.”

The Human Cost of Technology 

As technology continues to get prettier, faster and sharper will human involvement completely evaporate? This may be a very dangerous path as anything can malfunction and we always need to anticipate and prepare for the times when it does not work FOR us. 

Here's something from my own life that describes the dilemma of putting our brains on the back burner. I’m at the counter at a convenience store and the bill comes to 91 cents. I give the cashier a dollar bill plus a penny and she lets the penny drop back in my hand as she pulls the dollar away. 

“I already rang up the dollar,” she says counting out the nine cents to return to me—as the machine instructs her to. I say, “Really?”.She says, “…I already rang it up.”  And just for fun, I start to walk away and then I stop, take a penny from my pocket, and turn to her with the coins and ask her if I can trade the change for a dime. She happily hands me the small silver coin and I wonder if she realizes the absurdity of what just transpired. Since she so clearly relied on the machine to think for her I'm really not sure. 

You just can't make this stuff up folks! 

There's no one who would like to see a device that automatically doses based on the levels of a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) more than I do. (Well, except for my two T1D kids; they will want to see this more than me.) It’s going to be fantastic technology when it gets here. But if we’re not prepared now for when the insulin pump and/or CGM malfunctions, I worry what future device failures will bring.

Some people will be in real danger if they are not versed in what to do when they are actually connected to two devices transmitting to each other; and the devices fail to function correctly. And rest assured…they will break, and it will be much more life threatening then walking up a broken escalator, you can count on that!

When it comes to the daily management of diabetes, if we are not prepared to handle the basics, no amount of prayers in the world will help us with gizmos and gadgets.

I am a DiabetesDad.

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