First I have to say that we had an amazing holiday! I have a post in progress about the trip and will post it shortly. We saw so much...I fell in love with California :) However this post is about meeting someone else with Type 1 diabetes.
We were in the town of Napa in Napa Valley and were picked up by our wine tour bus at 10:30am. Altogether there were twelve of us. We made our introductions and then shyly kept to ourselves. When we were about 1/2 hour away from our first, of four, wineries and tastings I checked my blood sugar. One thing I can say since being diagnosed is that I never hide it. I am not embarrassed or ashamed and feel comfortable testing in front of strangers. I do it as discreetly as possible however as I don't want to make others feel uncomfortable. Anyway, I quickly tested my blood and noted that it was somewhat high. I injected a correction and was confident the day would go well. When I looked up I saw an older couple watching me. The wife gave me a nod and wink and said to her husband "See, there is someone else". Right away I was intrigued. At the first winery we were served what they liked to call a Breakfast Wine (yes, they should market this!) and we started our first winery tour. I saw the husband check his blood, make a face and then pull out his insulin pump to make a correction. Well...I could not help myself from here! I had just seen other bolus though an insulin pump!! Something I had not see to date. I cannot explain how giddy I felt.
After lunch I hooked myself onto the couple whose husband had Type 1 diabetes and asked a bazillion questions about the pump. My new found friend so graciously show me what the medtronic pump and CGM looked like and how they worked. I got to see for the first time what a pump looks like, what the insertion site looks like and what a CGM looks like. I was on cloud nine. We had a great conversation about the benefits of he pump and also most deeply about the effects it has on our loved ones. I listened to his wife tell me about issues he has had while being low and she explained how scary it is. It was good to have Ryan there to relate. I am so very excited now to get onto my own pump!