QUOTE(meeaow @ Apr 25 2011, 02:01 AM)
It left me speechless for a number of reasons but I think what affected me most was the attitude of some of the comments. I know this disease sucks but I like to think that things could be so much worse and that I do well with what I have... Maybe I am wrong, maybe I will change my mind as I age lol. Of course I was also annoyed that this trial has been cancelled, must say it is pretty tempting to fly to France!!! I think it sounds amazing. I am going to try and find some more literature on it myself as I would like to understand more about it.
Thanks for the link; it is very interesting to say the least! I did read many comments and I don't agree with many of them. Like you, I look at my diabetes as manageable and there are so many in this world with medical conditions that they have absolute zero control over! They suffer constantly with no hope.....
Unfortunately, I do believe that money drives a lot things in this world, especially here in the USA. Just look at the financial meltdown here in the US, most of which I blame on greed alone. And there has been no effort to go after those that caused it which again, shows the power of the almighty dollar! That's a bit off subject though.
The article mentioned Chris Saudek as the doctor that implanted the first pump. He was the head of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center and I had a chance to work with him back in the late '80's, early 90's. He and my endo worked on this pump and their passion for and about it, was endless. They knew it was in it's infant stages, but their vision was very forward-looking. Unfortunately, I lost touch with them when I had to leave the board for the Diabetes Center. And they have both passed away over the last 3-4 years at relatively young ages which was a big loss due to their advocacy.
When you look at the numbers mentioned by our health system in diabetic care, it's an out of sight figure; you'd think that they would look at the long range prospects to reduce the costs but there are a lot of people with their fingers in the money making aspects. As long as there are the hundreds of billions that are involved, motives change. I wish that I was not pessimistic to the degree that I've become, but I don't really see it changing any time soon!