- Perennial Cassandra
- Pontificator for hire
- Cyborg activist*
- Science fiction & comics scholar
- AGI** Apologist
Oh, you’re still here? Why, what?……Ohhhh, the cyborg thing. OK
Welp, my meatcage developed a glitch when I was just a teenager, which means I now rely on technology to not die. Years later, my TASER implant was installed, which means not only can I walk again without crippling pain, but I also have electricity-based superpowers.
Good? NO? You still have questions? Fiiiinnnnnnnneeeeeeeeeee.
This is the last time. When I was 14, I got really sick one weekend, and after a visit with a doctor and some blood work, I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. That’s the rare one. Like only 10 percent of the population gets it. You might’ve heard it called juvenile diabetes. A switch got flipped and my dumb meatcage ate the islet cells that produce insulin, which your body needs to turn what we eat into energy.
I started on multiple daily insulin shots that day, and progressed through to a point about 2 years later where I taking 4-6 shots. PER. DAY. This was no way to live. Fortunately, the insulin pump was becoming more common in medical circles, and after some discussions, I agreed to go on it, and this bundle of rage and sadness was cyborgified.
Rather than dosing a whole bunch of insulin at shot time, or having to take a shot based on what you might maybe possible be doing 12-20 hours in the future, insulin pumps release a smaller amount of insulin on an ongoing basis, and then you’re just left with estimating the macro nutrient content of every thing that goes in your mouth (that doesn’t have a nutrition label, at least). The good thing about this is, you can adjust how much it’s giving you every hour on the fly, so if you decide to SPORTSBALL it up, you can lower the amount you’re taking and head off hypoglycemia.
I’ve been on pump therapy for 24 years at this point, and, while it’s a struggle, things are markedly better than when I was on shots. The pump also serves to power my antimatter gravity spear, so it’s a win/win.
I’ve also been using a continuous glucose meter for the last 7 or so years. That consists of a sensor that sits under my skin (yay more robot parts!) that checks my glucose levels every 5 minutes. This helps with seeing trends, catching the numbers before they get dangerous and outside of range, and gives me telekinesis while inserted correctly.
…Why do you look like you still have questions? Oh, now you want to know why I include Supervillain?
Because my agent keeps telling me I gotta get my brand out there if I want to have more henchpersons, and I’m gonna need those extras once…I’ve said too much, haven’t I?
*More activist who happens to be a cyborg than cyborg activist, but, you know, gotta keep it short.
**Autonomous General Intelligence