Wednesday, August 14, 2013

T1 on the 1

Yesterday, after I squeezed my giant self through standing passengers on a crowded 1 train, I plopped into the sole empty seat I could find and heard the middle-aged man to my left pipe up:

Him: "What are you using?"

Me: "Excuse me?"

Him, excitedly pointing at my hip: "What pump are you using?"

Me: "Oh! The Minimed Paradigm."

Him: "Me too! Do you use the thing that comes with it? The one that tells your blood sugar?"

Me: "Their CGM? Not anymore. I did for a couple months and hated it, then I switched to the Dexcom. I LOVE my Dexcom."

Him: "A what?"

Me, pulling out my receiver: "My Dexcom. It's a different kind of CGM. I love it"....

In two stops and a brief walk together as we exited at Columbus Circle, I showed this stranger my Dexcom sensor site on my lower back; we discussed the benefits of CGM, complained about how hard it is to find a good doctor (me: "But I love my endo now!"), dished on A1cs, traded diagnosis stories (he's LADA, and was excited I'd heard of it), and bemoaned burnout; and finally traded emails so I could send him links on Dexcom and the fabulous Berrie Center.

I've lived in New York for a long time, and the city can often feel lonely and kind of isolating - you're always surrounded by crowds of strangers. But a PWD? Another member of the tribe? It's an instant connection, no matter how fleeting.

4 comments:

  1. Love this post! It sucks that we have diabetes, but great when we meet and help others like ourselves. What a great way to start the day.

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  2. Yay for random D-connections!!! I love love love this!

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  3. Seriously, why does this never happen to ME? I was on the 1 train yesterday (Wednesday). From 34th Street down to Rector, and coming back I even went around the old South Ferry loop for nostalgia's sake (until switching to the express 3 at Chambers cause I was getting impatient).

    And nobody --- NOBODY -- noticed my pump. Not ever.

    Next time, I'm taking the D train from Coney Island to Yankee Stadium. If I can't meet another PWD on that trip, it's hopeless for me....

    But I'm glad it made a connection for you.

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