Today is November 14, 2014.
I’ve spent the day taking care of routine stuff.
A dentist appointment. A trip to Costco. Dishes.
I’ve also periodically checked Sugar’s Nightscout screen to keep tabs on the basal changes I’ve been tweaking over the last couple of days.
(Sidebar: Haven’t heard of Nightscout? You should really check it out.)
Today I’ve thought a lot about Frederick Banting, and how thankful I am that he was born on November 14, 1891. Afterall, he discovered the miracle treatment that keeps my daughter alive today: Insulin.
Over the years, I’ve read many articles about Dr. Banting and the discovery of insulin, but I haven’t encountered very many direct quotes from the man himself. I know it’s silly, but sometimes I ponder what it would have been like to attend a conference with Dr. Banting headlining as the keynote speaker. Can you imagine the tweets, hashtags, and Facebook updates that would start trending from such an event???
So much has changed since that first injection of insulin was given to Leonard Thompson on January 11, 1922. Syringes have evolved from reusable to disposable. Today there are insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. The Bionic Pancreas and encapsulation sit on the horizon.
Yet so much has remained the same.
I read Dr. Banting’s Nobel Lecture for the first time today, and found myself awestruck at the similarities between life as we know it right now, and life as it existed when he delivered his address on September 15, 1925.
I’ll leave you with some of the profound excerpts of his words: