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Insulin pump hackers do not care about me!

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And “they” don’t care about YOU either.

In my last post I mentioned that I don’t typically get fired up about every issue related to diabetes. My ice cream supply was threatened, and so I took action.

Well, I would like to revise my previous statement. There are TWO things that I will fight for if they are being threatened – ice cream AND my insulin pump.

In case you have been living under a rock (or you are one of the few people reading who are not in the diabetes community) the past few days, there was story that caught the eye of the press who love nothing more than to scare their readers and listeners. Evidently, some Type 1 techie hacked into his insulin pump and sensor to basically prove it is possible.

Sure, it’s possible – So is me winning a million dollar jackpot (which I would of course spend on a jet for even better diabetes meet-ups). Are either going to happen any time soon? Not anywhere close to likely.

I am not an expert hacker or anything, but I think they usually go for the biggest “bang” for their buck. This “hack” would have to be done on a person by person basis and within a relatively close distance.

Although an attacker would need to be within a couple hundred feet of the patient to pull this off, a stranger wandering a hospital or sitting behind a target on an airplane would be close enough.

I guess we should all keep an eye out for suspicious people wandering the local hospital and be careful if we recline our seat on our next flights.

The diabetes community is not the next target for hackers.

You know what this “story” is going to do instead? I have lost track of the number of products that I have heard about that are stuck in the FDA abyss waiting for approval. This is just another stupid hoop that the medical device manufacturers are going to have to jump through before the products we NEED and DESERVE can come to market in the US.

And that’s all I have to say about this topic.

Here is what other bloggers have to say:

Kerri

Bennet 1, 2, 3

Scott Hanselman

Kelly Booth

And finally, responses from Medtronic and Animas.

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What if we just don’t care?

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*** I started writing this post before the big announcement by Obama last night. By the time he finally spoke, I was too far into it, and I actually think the topic is somehow fitting ***

I’ve started reading a new book recently. When I was in Haiti, all the members of the organization we were working with were reading it and I took that as recommendation enough to pick it up when I got back.

The name of the book is “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself”. Not that I needed convincing, but there are astonishing statistics about the prevalence of poverty around the world. “While the average American lives on more than ninety dollars per day, approximately one billion people live on less than one dollar per day and 2.6 billion – 40 percent of the world’s population – live on less than two dollars per day” (p 42).

This isn’t a political issue. This isn’t a religious issue. This isn’t an issue that either the church or the government can solve on their own. Like I said, I’m only one chapter in but I’ve already learned a ton.

One of the first questions the book asks is why Jesus came to earth. The “Sunday school” answer I have always given is about forgiveness of sin. While that is true, even what Jesus shares at the beginning of his ministry indicates there is more to the story. He reads a passage from Isaiah that explains a larger purpose.

17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:17-19)


There is additional evidence in the Old Testament that the laws given to God’s people were designed with address poverty as well. “The commands were so extensive that they were designed to achieve the ultimate goal of eradication poverty among God’s people” (pg 39, see Deut 15:4).

What frustrates me most at this point is that the issue of poverty and helping the poor has become less of a direct religious issue and one tied up in politics. In my opinion, the church has largely moved AWAY from the cause of poverty. In general, the church tends to align itself more with the Republican side of the political spectrum, while issues of social welfare tend to be causes on the Democratic side of the political spectrum.

I thought that was the reason why the church had abandoned issues of poverty. Apparently it is not as simple as that and the “Great Reversal” from the 1900s-1930s which was the “the evangelical church’s retreat from poverty alleviation was fundamentally due to shifts in theology and not – as many have asserted – to government programs that drove the church away from ministry to the poor” (p 45).

I don’t really understand yet how shifts in theology can explain abandoning a cause that was so close to the heart of Jesus. Being a Christian literally (in Greek) means being a “follower of Christ”. Shouldn’t I continue to follow the same ministry that Jesus declared at the beginning of His?

I was blessed to attend a concert this weekend by the artist Brooke Fraser.
Brooke Fraser at SunFest
I was even able to meet her briefly after to thank her for her music and ministry. Her song “Albertine” speaks to the same feelings I have in my heart after seeing poverty in my community and around the world.

Now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
Now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are

I am on a plane across a distant sea
But I carry you in me
and the dust on, the dust on, the dust on my feet

I will tell the world, I will tell them where I’ve been
I will keep my word
I will tell them Albertine

As I’ve read and studied deeper, it has become more and more obvious that this is not an issue that money alone will fix. I have more thoughts about that topic than I could bear to include in this post. Maybe I’ll revisit that idea as I get further into this book (as they have obviously done more research than I have).

If you scrolled down to the end of this post to leave a comment or remarkable read the whole thing and found yourself here. Our Uncle Stephen Colbert summarized the issue himself back in December in a quote I have not forgotten since –

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition — and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

Who wants ice cream?

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Another forward from my mom 😀

**caution political **

From a teacher in the Nashville area.

Who worries about “the cow” when it is all about the “ice cream“?

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest.

I decided we would have an election for a class president.

We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have.

We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot. The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother.

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best.

Everyone applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise.

She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down.

The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.” She surely could say more. She did not have to. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn’t know. The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and fifty-two percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream.

The other forty-eight percent of us know we’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.

2008 Moments in Review

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Since everyone else is doing it, I figured I better do my New Year’s Eve meme.

For a different view of the past year, check out the Moments of Wonderful Diabetes 365 page.

Anyway – Here it goes. The first sentence from the first post each month this year:

January: Happy New Year – here’s your antibiotic “Happy New Year – let’s celebrate with an ear infection!!”

(would you believe that my ear is starting to tingle again this year?!)

February: Please Pray for My Family “My family got some really bad news this week.”

March: Just another day “It was a great day, the sun was shining – okay maybe the sun is always shining here – but it was shining today too!”

I think this was the post where I started the clumsy category on my blog!

April: I can’t help it! “Okay, I admit it!”

This is the post where I admit I am a little too obsessed with celebrities.

May: Starting with the Leaking Waterbottle “I have so much to write but no time to write it.”

leeching BPA anyone?

June: O-hi-O “In Ohio for a conference.”

Two words for you – communal bathrooms!!!

July: There is a lesson in it somewhere “As I mentioned before, I moved this weekend.”

Anyone else ever had their blood drawn in the dark?!

August: The problem is we grow up “Here’s the problem – a child with diabetes at some point becomes an adult with diabetes.”

Don’t remember this post? Are you my mother?

September: The end of the long weekend “Whew!”

Does that count as a first sentence? Seriously though, you have to click on the link to this post to see one of my best pictures EVER!

October: Watch me vlog a site change “Long time, no vlog right?”

Gaps in my vlogging seems to be a theme. I am thinking of getting a Flip video camera with some Christmas money. Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

November: The angel, the devil, and the elephant “I love living in the United States”

Dressing up the cats is not just a Christmas event!

December: Yes we can have our cake “…and eat it too!”

In keeping with tradition, I am reposting a picture from exactly one year ago.
January 1, 2008 - diabetes365 - day 85

And a picture from two years ago.
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What now?

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As you know, my candidate did not win last night.

I think I’ve used up all my good thoughts on other people’s blogs today so here they are:

  • Twitter: “excited for the 1st black president – wish he was the 1st republican black president. Great speeches by both candidates last night”
  • On Diabetes360: For those leaving comments above that seem to think this is about race – it isn’t. I would have LOVED to have voted for our first black president – our first REPUBLICAN black president. It isn’t even about helping the poor. I also agree that we should help those facing tough times in our country. I just do not believe that it is the government’s job to redistribute my income to do so. Today is the first day of the fight to get the Senate back! Oh, and I will not be posting as anonymous because I think if you are going to leave a comment on someone’s blog, you should at least put your name to it!
  • On Every Day Every Hour Every Minute: Amen!
  • On The D-Log Cabin:You know I agree with you. As I twittered earlier, I am glad that we elected our first black President – I just wish it was our first Republican black president. And I hope his ‘moving’ speech last night was not the night we look back on as our first step into a socialist/communist state. How’s that for alienating readers?! (that last sentence makes more sense in context)

Beyond that, what is there to say? I am disappointed. I like to win and it sucks to lose.

It also should not come as a surprise to any of you that I am a Christian. There is a passage in the Bible that basically says “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, give to God what is God’s.”

To me, that means that as the United States we have an established government with an elected leader. I am commanded to respect the man and respect the office, whether or not I agree with the policies. You will notice that none of my above comments critique President-elect Obama as a person. Every man and women on this earth was made in the image of God and has inherent value in that. However, I can and will continue to believe that, for the most part, the policies of the Democratic party are misguided.

So where from here? Well, I am not changing political parties so I guess I will continue to hope, pray, blog, and campaign for my favorite causes.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. It is time to hit the blogging and ‘real world’ hard on this issue which crosses party lines.

And with that – I think that all there is left to say is

God Bless America.

You Tube Tuesday – how is your bank?

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Check out this clip about certain members of Congress discussing/anticipating the financial crisis in 2004.

“Mr. Chairman we don’t have a crisis…”

Interesting…

(My favorite part is the Congressman who was ‘pissed off’ at the regulator)

Faustman for President

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Okay – not really! But I do think her research holds the best promise for a diabetes cure.

Please watch (or download) her recent interview here.

You can also support blogger Bernard as he raises money to support Dr. Faustman’s research. Check out his fundraising website for more information.

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