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.


  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.

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

  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.