Last week wasn’t so great. I was feeling a bit lonely, unaccomplished and bored at work despite being quite busy, and the watercolor class I am taking has proven to be very frustrating. There are a few reasons for this. My classmates and I sit at shared tables. Thursday night, I shared my table with a guy who must have bumped the table, shaking my work, at least eight times. It was rather annoying. I am not a patient person, and taking a class that starts at 7:45PM and requires patience seemed like a good idea when I signed up.
I have learned otherwise.
Friday night, mom and I got together for dinner before going to see a show my friend Dori directed for Flat Earth Theater. Mom and I were sitting at a small corner table enjoying our meal when a young couple sat down at the table next to us. I noticed immediately that she took out a glucometer, put it in her lap, pulled out a lancet and tried to draw blood from her finger to check her sugar levels.
She was one of my people – a fellow diabetic. I cringed as I watched her flinch and try to squeeze blood from her finger. I didn’t want to embarrass her by calling attention, but after stalling for a short moment, debating whether or not I should say something, I did. It felt too important.
“Excuse me” I said quietly, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but” I lifted my hand and pointed at the heel of my palm “Use you palm” I advised.
“What!?” she said, not because she didn’t understand me, but because this idea seemed to be a very small version of a light at the end of a tunnel.
“I haven’t pricked my finger for blood in years. The palm of your hand draws the same blood and it doesn’t hurt at all”
She marveled at this while I showed her my lancet, and how it’s designed to make this type of blood draw possible. We commiserated about the pain of using our fingertips, and she asked if I had a pump. Yes, I told her, but I was hoping to upgrade to the minimed closed loop system. “My cousin got that one” she told me “and he said it’s a total game changer” She herself uses an Omnipod, which is quite different from my pump.
“You’ve completely blown my mind” she smiled at me over the tip I’d just shared.