Have you seen the show Men of a Certain Age? I appreciate the show because the characters are middle aged and not some young people at a stage in life that I can no longer relate to. They have real issues and problems that people, dare I say it, our age have. Not that I’m old or anything, but I’m no spring chicken. In actuality these characters have a good decade on me.
The show stars Ray Romano (I never watched Everybody Loves Raymond), Scott Bakula (but I was a huge fan of Quantum Leap), and Andre Braugher (you will recognize him even if you don’t know his name).
One of the three main characters of the show, Owen, has diabetes. While the first season did touch upon it here and there, it wasn’t a major part of the show. In fact I am not sure if we ever learned if Owen has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, not that it really mattered.
We do know that he is insulin dependent because he did give himself injections last year. And exercise and losing weight was the focus of much of his storyline.
In the Season Two opening scene, we see Owen wake up with some sort of breathing aperatus mask thing (for sleep apnea?) and start his day.
He comes to the kitchen where his kids are eating breakfast and reaches down to something the size of a pager clipped to his belt.
“This is Daddy’s new pump. No more needles for Daddy.”
He gives himself six units of insulin and the show continues on.
This video recap of his character doesn’t mention his diabetes, but I wonder if the writers are going to make it more visible this year given that they show him with an insulin pump in the first two minutes of the season opener.