Normally, we like to think ourselves as people, not patients, those of us with diabetes here at Close Concerns. Mostly, we think that we should be able to look after ourselves so well that we do better than others without a chronic illness because with ours, if we eat well, pursue exercise, and do everything we can to reduce our A1cs safely, we can do better than the average person (yes, mortality was what we were thinking, but also morbidity).
Alas, today, we were reminded that we take so much for granted. Three people with diabetes on pumps here in the US tried to board planes this morning and were told that they needed to check the pumps. Check it!?!?!? Pumps are what keep us alive. Pumps also, I realized, just make me feel reassured, like life is going my way, when I feel my pump. It's part of me. If someone told me to take it off and check it, I'd think they were certifiably insane.
We were reminded all day today of Jose Saramago's Blindness. Things felt like they did after the first person went blind ... how crazy will this get? How nonsensical? How will we adapt? How won't we?
Back a bit on the mundane side, relatively speaking - it's amazing that there is such lack of knowledge about diabetes and pumps ~ the tyrrany of course is far worse and far be it from me to complain about those trying to make the country and world safe. BUT, many more people would be on pumps if they were easier ... and if that were so, they might not be such an object of abject fascination and there might not be any threats like the ones this morning.
Kudos, and just plain gratitude to Animas for jumping on this issue very very early; as we understand from a number of HCPs, they informed pump competitors and worked with the higher-ups in the government (ringing the acting attorney general, for example, who has diabetes) to address this problem. Right now, no one's pump is being pulled out of their abdomen that we've heard of since the transportation sites have been taken care of. ... welcome news in this sobering time. As much as I'm worried about terrorism for everyone, short of terrorism, having someone taking away my pump would be about the most daunting thing I could imagine.