It was 90 years ago today that the "Miracle on Bloor Street" happened, and the world as we know it changed forever.
To be even more specific in terms of the time/space continuum, it was 32,865 days ago, which broken down into hours = 788,760. Break that number of hours down into minutes and it = 47,325,600 minutes. Take the number of minutes and break them down into seconds and = 2,830,536,000 seconds ago that a human being first received a shot of insulin. The insulin was brown and brackish in color and came from the pancreas of a piggy, and was administered to a 14 year old boy named Leonard Thompson.
The first shot caused Thompson to have an allergic reaction, but after fine tuning of the extracted insulin by the good doctors, a second shot was administered 2 weeks later.
Millions of lives were saved and family trees were able to develop new branches.A Nobel Prize was won and many a diabetes business was launched.
My own Family Tree was able to flourish despite diabetes. My father and his two sisters were all diagnosed as type 1 (they were from a family of seven children,) and had 10 children between them, including my two sisters and I - Also type 1s. Not to mention my nephew and cousin also have type 1. And when you really think about it, he Diabetes On-Line Community is able to exist because of the discovery of insulin.
I'm so very grateful to insulin and my heart holds a special place for Doctors Banting & Best - I love them very much!
But I can't help wondering how many days, hours, minutes and seconds it will take to find a cure for diabetes.
Because isn't 32,865 days an awfully long time to wait between diabetes miracles?