I'm always trying to come up with a good metaphor to explain diabetes to the rest of the world. Lately, I've been thinking that having diabetes is a lot like that computer in the television show Lost. Every 108 minutes (or so) the diabetes requires some maintenance. At first you say, "Sure, all I have to do is press this button? That sounds easy." But then as time goes by you start to think, "Why do I have to press the button?" and "I wish I could just watch this two hour movie without thinking about pressing that darn button." And still later pressing that button one more time begins to seem oppressive. Your life stretches out before you as one long repetitive and sometimes seemingly meaningless task. But still people say, "It's just a button, how hard can it be?"

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Comment by Scott K. Johnson on July 25, 2007 at 12:45pm
That is an interesting analogy.

One of my favorites is the "Airplane Analogy" by Scott Hanselman:

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ScottsDiabetesExplanationTheAirplaneAnalogy.aspx
Comment by mollyjade on July 25, 2007 at 5:30pm
I've heard that one before. I also like talking about walking on a tightrope with your eyes closed while people throw things at you.
Comment by Lara on August 2, 2007 at 1:00pm
Nice post, Molly!
Comment by Larry K. on August 10, 2007 at 12:26pm
Molly,
What is that you are holding by your ear. An Apple?
Comment by Steve R on August 20, 2007 at 2:54pm
Thanks, Molly Jade

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