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Real Talk with Dave: Not today, Diabetes!

I am always so amazed at how amazing everyone in the Diabetic community truly is. Every time someone is in need, someone else is there to help, as everyone knows what it is like to experience an emergency when it comes to their Diabetes. This past weekend, I was in that situation and the amount of help and support I received made me realize how truly incredible Type 1 Diabetics are.

I currently wear an Animas Vibe Insulin pump, which the brand is going out of business. I had plans to go with a Diabetic group to Disneyland on Sunday, so as a good Type 1 Diabetic, I felt like it was only right that I change my pump site the night before. I went to do so and then IT happened. My pump broke. The battery cap would not tighten in its compartment, making my pump not have any power. I began to panic as it was 3 AM and I was not planning on having a pump malfunction like that. After calling the pump company to figure out what I needed to do in order to still take my daily amount of Insulin, I found that I needed to find an alternative form, such as taking manual Insulin injections. I did not want to resort back to taking several shots throughout the day, so I used duct tape to firmly hold the battery cap in place. This did the trick until the morning, then my pump started to act weird and kept shutting off. I then began to worry yet again as this time, my only option was to take injections until my replacement pump came later in the week.

I had posted about this experience as soon as it happened on my Instagram story, and by the morning, several people had replied and were trying to help in any way. BUT WAIT… what happened next was so rare and unexpected, I believe it was a miracle in disguise. A close friend of mine, who is also a Type 1 Diabetic, called me that morning after seeing my Instagram post and said her boyfriend, who is also a Type 1 Diabetic, has an old Insulin pump that he keeps for emergencies like this. She was so kind as to offer me his backup pump and was genuinely concerned for my wellbeing. I was speechless by the fact that someone happened to have an extra pump lying around at that exact moment and was willing to lend it to me until my replacement arrived. Keep in mind, I was to meet with the two of them that morning at Disneyland anyways, which was the most perfect timing for this to happen to my pump on that specific day.

Though I was still receiving Insulin from my old pump, it was not reliable enough to go a whole day, especially at Disneyland, with a taped down pump. I had debated whether or not I should even go to Disney that day as I thought my blood sugars would be off the whole day if I had to switch over to Insulin injections, but sure enough, someone happened to have a backup pump waiting for me.

I quickly got ready and left my house. My friends and I decided to meet at a Starbucks near Disneyland to get me hooked up on the backup pump. We met for a few minutes and got the pump set up and everything. They were so kind as to even put in all my settings as this was a different pump brand that I was not so familiar with. I got the pump on and was ready to take on the day!

I thought Diabetes had won that day, but I didn’t let it! I said that I was going to have a good day and still be able to go to Disneyland with my friends, and that is exactly what I did!

I normally don’t like to blog full-length personal stories of mine, but I felt as though this specific story can help someone who may experience what I did. Just know that in times of trouble with your Diabetes, you can almost always guarantee help and support from another Type 1 Diabetic. We are a special kind of people: kind, brave, and ALWAYS willing to help. I am especially grateful for this amazing community that never ceases to amaze. Also, I am very blessed to know the friends I have that were so kind as to literally save my life with a temporary Insulin pump, as without Insulin, I would not be alive… no one would be.

Fast forward to today and I am reunited with a new Animas Vibe pump that is working just fine! My numbers are back to normal and I will now be eagerly looking for a new Insulin pump brand to switch on over to.

Don’t let T1D limit you. When it tries to take over your life, always remember that you are so much greater than your Diabetes. You can do ANYTHING!

Live well,

Dave

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