Today’s blog week prompt challenges us to come up with our own online petition. There have been a few petitions circulating lately so if I had my choice, what would I petition for?
That is a real challenge. I have read a few posts asking for greater meter accuracy and even petitioning test strips to find their way to the garbage can. I would of course love to see both of those things happen! I would also love protection for all children with diabetes in schools. I would love for cheaper air fares that would allow families to travel with greater ease to diabetes related events.
I think the thing that I truly want more than anything else is access to devices and supplies for EVERYONE! I don’t care where you live in the world, you should have access to enough insulin, syringes, test strips, pumps, and CGMs. I cringe when I hear of anyone who can only test once a day (or less). I cry when I hear of people barely able to afford insulin. My heart breaks when people have to choose which child will have an insulin pump because both children have diabetes but they can’t afford a pump and supplies for two children. That just should not be.
So pharmaceutical companies, governments of the world, humanity, I am begging of you…
- Please ensure that everyone who needs insulin has access to the best available insulin no matter where they live.
- Please make sure that everyone, no matter where they live, have clean and sterile syringes.
- Please ensure that all people living with diabetes have adequate access to the most effective glucometers and as many test strips as they need to manage their diabetes care to the best of their abilities.
- Please ensure that the most innovative insulin pumps are available to anyone with diabetes, anywhere in the world, who wants to use them.
- Please ensure that Continuous Glucose Monitors are available to everyone who wants to use them as another management tool no matter where they live or how much insurance they have.
- Please ensure that all people living with diabetes have access to the best possible tools, education, and devices regardless of insurance, race, financial background, or geographical location.
No one should have to make the choice between food and life, between electricity and insulin. Let us become a humane and just society offering the best possible healthcare to all of the Earth’s citizens not just a select few.
A mother who cares.