Are you willing to cede control of your diabetes?
Does a machine that does some things automatically, on your command, empower you, or take power away? How does a machine that makes changes based on its own algorithms and without explicit direction, affect your feelings about burden? trust? confidence?
Would having a parent/spouse/loved-one by your side to help with diabetes management make you feel safer? Or inadequate?
Is the chirp of a CGM alert a welcome aid to diabetes self-care? Or another nagging voice telling you that you’ve screwed up?
If you could have the assistance of a trained alert-animal (such as a dog), would it make you feel special? privileged? different? isolated? disabled? incapable?
If you were offered the assistance of any of the above, free-of-charge and with no obligation, which might you decline – and why?
Does vanity play a role? Might you be a little more lax on safety so that others may think more highly of you? Or so you may think more highly of yourself?
Is being able to do it on your own a good thing or bad? Is a wealth of self-confidence a blessing or a curse?
Go back and look at your answers. Are they really your answers? Do you truly believe them? Or have they been tainted and influenced by what peers, educators, family, and others may have led you to believe are “correct”?
There are no “correct” answers, but we need to answer them — to ourselves — honestly. Nobody should be told how to think.
(Please comment with your overall thoughts on reliance on other things/people/animals, but there’s no need to answer each question individually).
Just some food for thought…