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Name the doo-dads?

What's in a name?

I am always so curious when the wide world of the diabetes online community names their cyborgy parts.  Cutesy pump and meter names.  If I were to link to all the blogs of PWD who's pump names are ringing through my head right now I'd be here forever!

I'm not against giving these contraptions pet names.  Not at all.  Perhaps a part of me is jealous that others have such firm relationships with their doo-dads enough to name them.  I can't imagine calling my insulin pump by anything other than "my insulin pump".  But giving them names and dressing them up is all part of the small bits of enjoyment we can actually get out of managing a disease that comes with so many accessories.  I am SO FUCKING grateful for being able to own a pump. (sorry for the big-ass swear word, you know what I mean).  However, I still have trouble looking at my meters and my insulin pump and thinking of them as anything but devices that piss me off.  Constant reminders.

How do you like my custom skin I just made online? HA
I know I tend to run on the "bitchy" side when it comes to this.  I have always had a hard time seeing it in any good light.  I get excited when I have good results or a workout goes exactly as planned.  I do achieve a huge sense of satisfaction.  But I still can't get cute and giddy with my gadgets and it bums me out.  I wonder if I had a better relationship with my tethered friends if I might have a better outlook.  If I could get excited about pulling out my meter with a purple and pink polka dots skin on it, maybe it would help.

Still though, how important are pet names for our devices in aiding user morale? Maybe I need to jump on that diabetes bandwagon.

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