Labor, labor, labor. That pretty much sums up life with diabetes, does it not?

On this Labor Day 2012, we're thinking of all the folks who work so hard every day to improve our lives with diabetes: you know, the device-makers and HC providers and all of those who toil daily to help us PWDs better manage our daily D-Lives.

And so, today we offer an Ode to All Diabetes Workers:

To those who make the "magic elixirs"

Mixing the fast-acting or long-acting mixtures

Putting these live-saving meds in bottles, pens or vials

To help us endure our daily blood sugar trials

We thank you for the work you do.


To the meter-makers and the pump assemblers

Whose work rarely a patient remembers

Building the systems and evaluating, testing

We raise our calloused fingertips in thanks — no resting!


We test our blood many times a day

On any meter brand, in many a way

Waiting for the countdown to see our #bgnow

Hoping for little effect of our chow

Hoping, believing, the meter never lies

We pay a lot, but we thank you for producing these supplies.


To the pump and CGM production people:

You give us sensors and sets that require fewer jabs

(No one likes to endure daily stabs)

With them we can better manage each number and dose

And so we thank you ... almost the very most.


Innovators all deserve our thanks

Every single one among your ranks

Because you've applied your imagination

To assist PWDs throughout the nation

And turned device dream to reality

From 1921 insulin to 21st century technology

We are lucky that you work for us!


Endos and educators, you're on our team

Keeping us healthy and sane (it seems)

So thank you for data review and routine tweak

In the little time we have every few months (not week).


Lastly, to every Person with Diabetes (or PWD)

Who doesn't have one single day free

No matter if it's a holiday...

We salute you, for the "Manual Pancreas" you play

On this 2012 Labor Day!


To ALL of you D-People out there, and family members too, we say:



Team 'Mine


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