Having to explain my diabetic tools to non medical people or non diabetics is always a hoot. But understandable. Having to explain my devices to the people at my diabetic specialists office was a strange experience.
There are three other pregnant women with pumps that see the same doctor. Two are the Animas Ping and one is on Medtronic. I’m the only one with an Omnipod and none of them carry a continuous glucose monitor. They simply do a finger stick every time and then the doctors assistants are able to download their pump/meter data into the computer before each visit. When I approached the desk with all my new gadgets the nurses/receptionists were amazed.
Like I was an alien life form introducing them to a whole new world…
“How does that pump work without tubing? Makes no sense!”
“Oh it’s like a satellite thing..?”
“How do you know it’s working?”
I explained that the Omnipod was a tubeless pump.
“I have a pod shaped reservoir of insulin attached to me for three days, and then I change sites, it is controlled by a PDM where I am able to enter in carbohydrates, blood sugars, and insulin dosages. It then sends a signal to the pod. They talk to each other. It’s awesome.”
The looks on their faces were priceless.
Then I had to explain the Dexcom which got an even better reaction. It’s like they had never heard of such a thing.
The downside to all my fancy technology?
Since they can’t download anything from my gadgets I have to check the Dexcom before and after every meal and jot those numbers down for them. Not a huge hassle but I thought we were all up on the times. Ha.
I’m kidding of course.
I only recently became savvy to these things myself. I was just happy I got to educate and inform.
I’m thrilled at the opportunity to teach someone a little something about diabetes and all the cool things we can do in terms of management. A few people at work thought I was carrying around three cell phones. I’ve been asked if the Dexcom was an old ipod and why I wouldn’t just download my music to my phone. I’ve been asked so many weird questions and all I can do is laugh and explain what it is these things are/do.
Have any of you dealt with this before?
How have you handled it?