My insulin pump has wonderful timing…Doesn’t it? It always decides (because it has a mind of its own, you know) to make that annoying “beep beep beeeeep!” right when class starts. It alarms during actual exams, even though I tested before taking the test — my pump must know this. My pump likes to beep when no one is talking too, and the “beep beep beeping” I hear when I don’t want to think about turning the other alarm off that went off 15 minutes prior to the new reminder. Only telling me that I really need to test…like now!!!! My insulin pump sure is persistent.
It’s telling me to test my blood sugar.
It’s telling me to change my site because “the reservoir is low.”
It’s telling me to change the battery.
Even when I’m standing next to another person with diabetes, and they are so tuned in the noise, they ask if I should test. Amazing. That sound must be ingrained in our heads, even the sound with the lighting up of the pump’s screen immediately following that with a little message…we all see it, we all hear it, and we all wish we’ll never have to answer its alarms to test and make sure we’re okay. Don’t you? I know I can set it up so I don’t have to hear it or to have less of a noisy alarm, but for me, if I can’t hear it, I’ll just ignore it.
However, I am glad that I have that system built into my Minimed pump. Thank you, to everyone who always says, “are you okay?” or the famous, “what’s your number? Have you tested lately?” I really am grateful for the reminders to test frequently. Really, I am glad you ask if I’m okay, or want to know what my blood sugar is, it helps me feel like people are watching out for me, and I am not the only one. :]