The D Connection

Shortly after I was diagnosed (Type 1-LADA) – no insulin – just some pills, we were out to dinner at a local restaurant with friends from work. Must have been blogging by then or I wouldn’t have spotted the Medtronic pump on the waiter who walked by our table. Being the (ahem…) shy, and quiet person that I am, I grabbed the young man and said, “You’re wearing an insulin pump!” He was delighted (Thank, God…). We had a great time chatting and then he got back to waitering. My friends at the table thought I was nuts but – I worked with them so – they sorta already knew I was a little nutty.

Standing in the customs’ line in Dublin last September – which winds back and forth and back and forth – I spotted TUBING! Had to wait for the next loop and yes! It was an insulin pump! On a teenager – who wasn’t that thrilled that I spotted it. But – her mother was delighted. So as we wove through the back and forth, we had a fun conversation! The friends who traveled with us – well, thought I was nuts. M, the husband, he’s kinda used to it and copes. And the teenager? We were great friends by the time we got to the customs stuff.

Last summer, I met a local family whose young daughter has Type 1 and uses a Medtronic Pump. They wanted to enroll their daughter at VBS, in our church but – felt they couldn’t because of her diabetes. A friend of theirs – who knows me – said yes, you can – the church secretary wears an insulin pump. They’re a great family and I didn’t kill the cute young lady while she was at VBS. (A Medtronic pump is a whole ‘nother pump from Animas Ping.) We had fun and lots of giggles as she showed me what to do. Amazingly – this tiny little girl plays ice hockey, just like her mom. Seriously, the ice hockey equipment is bigger than she is.

Earlier this month (remember – this post is about connections) a d-dad, Carey Potash, posted on FB about a D-Ice Hockey Camp being held up there in Canada. I sent the info to the d-mom. And……..


They’re there – and they’ve met Carey – and she’s having a great time – and they’re already talking about going back next year. I’ve never met Carey but – a couple of years ago he posted a great video of his son with a light saber in their back yard – and it was fun to watch. AND – Carey knows Shannon Lewis – a d-mom – and Shannon told me that they’re a really great family. And Shannon lives in New Hampshire so sometimes we meet for lunch when I go down to the BIG city, Manchester.
And – isn’t she cute?

So – those D Connections very often show up when you least expect them.

Kind of like that old TV show “Candid Camera.”

And now you know, I’m older than you.


Thursday is Friday!

Our office is closed on Fridays – um, because I don’t work on Fridays. So my favorite day is Thursday!

Some notes from this week…

  • The heat has reached NH. No, it’s not 100 but it feels hot… and muggy… and the AC went on today…
  • I miss lemonade. I wasn’t even picky about lemonade (bd -before d-). I just bought the cartons in the grocery store and poured it over a large glass with ice. I miss lemonade.
  • A slice of lemon in an icy glass of water isn’t the same but I can pretend.
  • Corn on the cob this year is yummy and totally bolus worthy.
  • I feel guilty enjoying the corn and watching the drought news on TV.
  • We will celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary this month. We’re awed but not really surprised. (And… we’ve decided no one else would want either one of us…)
  • Save all anniversary comments until then. (I’ll let you know when.) Cuz I really, really love comments!
  • Do you realize I’ve been married longer than some of my readers have been alive?
  • I just figured out that the Ping warranty is 4 years – thought it was five. So, I’d like pump makers to develop the perfect pump before I have to buy a new one in a year and a half.
  • I have two FB accounts. One to bore my family with our house reconstruction stuff and the other to bore you with. If you’re stuck with both and don’t want to be looking at my house photos, feel free to get rid of the one with my maiden name included. Please keep the d FB!
  • Have you seen all the “Do you remember this?” photos on FB? I know what every single one of them is.

And finally. How come the battery in my Ping says, “Change battery soon.” right after I’ve done a site change?

Oops – favorite video this week – Kelly eating cotton candy for the very first time!
Shoot – messed up the link. It’s fixed now.