Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Retirement Wishes

Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, there lived a pancreas.

He had a full-time job, at which he was very very good. His boss counted on him to get his work done, well and on time. His co-workers were fun to hang out with and everyone pulled together to make sure quotas were met and products were delivered. It has a fast-paced, busy life but he loved it.

One day, the pancreas felt a little tired. He went to work anyway but what work he did wasn't quite up to snuff. He began to take more breaks than he used to, trying to rest up and find his mojo again. It didn't seem to matter how much time off he took, he continued to feel more and more exhausted. Unable to perform. Unable to keep up with his colleagues.

He eventually just stopped coming to work altogether. His office was cleared out, his name taken off the door. Dust settled in the corners, cobwebs appeared. Despite an intensive search no one was found who could replace him. No one could fill the void he left. The entire company started to fall apart. They were days, perhaps weeks away from a complete collapse.

In the nick of time, they were saved.

His name was Humalog. He wasn't as efficient as Mr. Pancreas was. His work a little less predictable. A little less reliable. He was finicky, didn't like the cold or the heat, responded differently every day, despite everyone's best efforts to provide a stable, consistent workplace for him.

Still though, he saved everyone and for that the rest of the team was willing to put up with his quirks.

They brought in the latest technology to help Humalog meet the needs of the rest of the team. First came needles and they were replaced with pumps. Glucometers were given CGMs to help keep them on track. Or was it the other way around?

Humalog was here to stay.

Mr. Pancreas. It has been more than a decade since you left and yet you are still the stuff of legend. Everyone still talks about you at the office. You did the work of twenty men when you were here. For that we will be forever grateful. You set the bar high and no one has yet come close.

You are greatly missed but I we have come to terms with the fact that you had to go. I hope that you are happy in your retirement.

Wishing you the best during this holiday season.


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