Ok. We have all heard this at some point in our #WalkWithD when we discuss that we have Type 1 Diabetes with someone and then says………. “Oh! My Nan’s Cat had Diabetes. She had to inject it and everything………”
Note: This post is in no way meant to upset animal lovers in any way so please do not take offence. There is a very serious point to this somewhere in the post so please read on.
I have heard this several times in the last 20 years since my Diagnosis, and there are a lot of pet owners and animal lovers in the UK that have a Cat, Dog, Gerbil or Goldfish (I made that one up) that unfortunately have Type1 Diabetes.
This has me thinking (really never a good thing, and, quite painful).
In the UK we do not have to pay for our insulin, for which we are very lucky and I will be forever grateful. In fact paying for medicine or medical equipment is quite alien to us and if we have to for things like CGM or Flash Glucose Monitoring we occasionally get a bit pissed off annoyed about it. Unless it’s for our pets. If our aforementioned Cat, Dog, Gerbil or Goldfish needed insulin, then most of us would willingly pay for this in order to keep the animal that we love alive, because of course, without insulin, that pet would die.
What’s the point to this Grumpy post?
The point is this. In other countries, children are dying because they have no insulin. It is not provided, they cannot afford it. Simple as that!
If I would fund the insulin to keep my pet alive, then I should donate to #SpareARose this Valentines to help keep a child alive.
The Spare a Rose Campaign is raising money to provide insulin to keep children with Type1 Diabetes in other countries alive. There is more information at http://www.p4dc.com/spare-a-rose
Live Long and Bolus