Diabetes Blog Week: Memories

I’m late, but I’m here! And that’s okay. I even have a personal Facebook message from the lovely Karen Graffeo, founder of Diabetes Blog Week, to prove it. 

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Here’s Wednesday’s topic: Today we’re going to share our most memorable diabetes day. You can take this anywhere…. your or your loved one’s diagnosis, a bad low, a bad high, a big success, any day that you’d like to share.

I thought and thought (and thought and thought) about a single diabetes day that stands out in my memory, and I’m not sure I have one that I haven’t already written about. Or one that’s interesting enough to warrant an entire blog post. Instead, I present you with a list of my all-time Top 10 diabetes moments.

Here they are:

1. The time I left a purse full of syringes at school, and almost got detention for having them on campus.

2. Leaving my insulin pump on a boat while I snorkeled in Key West, and getting out of the water to find my blood sugar (and my pump) right where I left them. Hooray!

3. The time I felt kind of low while walking around in New Orleans, then checked my blood sugar, learned it was 26, and freaked out. I think I downed about 170 ounces of Coke right afterward.

4. Using a CGM before they were readily available. I had to have it “installed” at the Endo’s office, then wear it for 24 hours and return it. I got sick and had a fever (and super-high blood sugars) during those 24 hours, so the test results were null and void anyway.

5. My pump running out of battery power just before midnight on New Years Eve 2003. A nice cop who was standing outside the bar I was at drove me to different drug stores to find a new one.

6. Every single time someone’s asked me about the cell phone clipped to my pocket.

7. My very first endocrinologist office visit, where the doctor turned the hot and cold water taps off and on to demonstrate the pancreas and liver working together in a non-diabetic kid’s body.

8. The first time I had a scary low. I was in 7th grade, lining up to walk down to the cafeteria for lunch, and my vision started to go. Oops.

9. Bumming rides to the drugstore my first year of college for insulin refills.

10. Arriving at Disney World in July of 2011 to find Sara, Martin, Jess, Scott, C, Karen and Brian waiting for me by the Monsters, Inc. ride. Then eating ice cream with Kim. Then, several hours later, meeting Scott Johnson, George, Kerri and Lee Ann. That was a good day.