I’m sitting here eating my breakfast and thinking about the coming day. One of the things I need to do today is go to the pharmacy to get some more insulin.
That got me pondering a curious reality.
Over the years my dosage of insulin has fluctuated wildly. When first diagnosed, I was on a huge dosage compared to what I use now. Over the many years, the dosage has gone up and down, not appearing to follow any particular cycle. But if I let my eyes go blurred and think of Mother England, I suppose the general movement has been that my dosage has reduced with age. But that’s with blurry eyes and mystical thoughts of rolling meadows.
So, what does that have to do with me going to the pharmacy to get more insulin? Good question.
Here in Australia, the prescription that the doctor writes has a number of repeats included, but also has an expiry date. After that date the prescription is no longer valid and the pharmacy won’t provide the required medication. This has occurred more than once over the last few years, simply because my dosage is at an all time low.
I’m getting to the punch line very soon.
I’ve mentioned this a couple of times to muggles and pharmacy people alike and have received the interesting response “Oh, well, that’s a good thing, isn’t it?”
“Oh, well, that’s a good thing, isn’t it?”
No! It isn’t either good or bad; it is irrelevant. T1D is a chronic illness, one of the meanings of which is that it is forever and cannot be cured. The insulin is not a medication to fix the underlying problem. It is simply a replacement for the life necessary “stuff” that is no longer being produced by the body.
The one and only aspect of having a lower dose is, for anyone outside the USA where cost is also an issue, the fact that the prescription can go out of date because of how long it takes me to use it up and need a new one. And so my pondering over breakfast was more to do with whether my prescription is still valid.
That is life with T1D as I have lived it.