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Writing Letters to Medical Devices

To get a better understanding of the relationship teenagers with type 1 diabetes have with their medical devices, I asked them to write a medical device of their choice a love letter or a break-up letter. Getting creative with methods can help to uncover information while keeping participants interested.

  Dear My very problematic CareSens N. Though you are a very permanent fixture in my life - often meeting four to six times a day, I wish I could let you go. Even though you are the cheapest way of monitoring my blood glucose we are only together because the government decided you were the best option. I don't ask much from you - just correct readings and that you stop deciding to pack it in if you get too hot or cold. Your predecessor was reliable, sleek and always functional, but alas you do not give me the same courtesy. You make me second guess myself and my health which I don't appreciate. Having an ongoing medical condition is hard enough without faulty devices and constant questions marks. Sort it out and then we can talk. You're a bit outdated. P.S. If only you were like the devices that didn't require pricks.   - - -   Dear insulin pump, I love that you came into my life! You give me flexibility, confidence and happiness. Before you I did not realise how much I felt weighed down & suffocated by the weight of Type One Diabetes. I love you because you enabled me to experience in many areas of my life. I felt the freedom and confidence to travel, to eat when and what I want, to play, run and jump. To step forward in life with greater independence. Although some days are frustrating and you seem to endlessly test my patience, overall I love what you have brought into my life. Whilst having type one diabetes is no "walk in the park," (and I would love a cure) I appreciate your presence in my life. I love how you tell me how much insulin I have onboard, can match my food to bolus and are discreet. I like no longer being restricted by 24 hour insulin, and can instantly drop or raise my basal rates. I am more confident to try new things, to be more active, and I love the support you offer me when I am unwell. Thanks pump, here's to a long and healthy future! (Unless a cure comes along!)

Dear My very problematic CareSens N.
Though you are a very permanent fixture in my life - often meeting four to six times a day, I wish I could let you go. Even though you are the cheapest way of monitoring my blood glucose we are only together because the government decided you were the best option. I don't ask much from you - just correct readings and that you stop deciding to pack it in if you get too hot or cold. Your predecessor was reliable, sleek and always functional, but alas you do not give me the same courtesy. You make me second guess myself and my health which I don't appreciate. Having an ongoing medical condition is hard enough without faulty devices and constant questions marks. Sort it out and then we can talk. You're a bit outdated.
P.S. If only you were like the devices that didn't require pricks.

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Dear insulin pump,
I love that you came into my life! You give me flexibility, confidence and happiness. Before you I did not realise how much I felt weighed down & suffocated by the weight of Type One Diabetes. I love you because you enabled me to experience in many areas of my life. I felt the freedom and confidence to travel, to eat when and what I want, to play, run and jump. To step forward in life with greater independence. Although some days are frustrating and you seem to endlessly test my patience, overall I love what you have brought into my life. Whilst having type one diabetes is no "walk in the park," (and I would love a cure) I appreciate your presence in my life. I love how you tell me how much insulin I have onboard, can match my food to bolus and are discreet. I like no longer being restricted by 24 hour insulin, and can instantly drop or raise my basal rates. I am more confident to try new things, to be more active, and I love the support you offer me when I am unwell. Thanks pump, here's to a long and healthy future! (Unless a cure comes along!)

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