Lost in the Dark

Diabetes Blog Week

I chose the 'wildcard' option for my Diabetes Blog Week day 3 post:

Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong.  But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful - instead sometimes they are downright funny!  Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper - your “I can’t believe I did that" moment - your big “D-oh” - and let’s all have a good laugh together!!

Okay- a caveat- this one was stressful for my daughter. But because I didn't hear about it until everything was resolved, I'm able to laugh about it:

She boarded the dark roller coaster and discovered the seat was cramped. Before using the safety harness, she decided she'd be more comfortable if she removed her Dexcom receiver which was clipped to her waistband. She stashed the receiver in her string backpack and put the bag in the pouch area in front of her.

The ride was scarier than she'd hoped. She got off, grabbed her bag, and quickly headed for the exit.

Once outside, she opened her bag to grab the Dexcom. It wasn't at the top where she'd put it. She frantically removed every item from the bag. It wasn't in there. She had her friends double-check. No Dexi.

She approached the attendant at the ride entrance. "I lost my medical device on the ride."

She described the device, an electronic item in a black case with a belt clip. She answered questions about which seat she'd been in and how long ago she rode.

The attendant checked his station first since all lost and found items ultimately ended up there. He didn't have it. He called the person at the stand next to the ride, where any lost items would be turned in by riders who found them in their cars, and was told it wasn't there either.

"We may have to shut down the ride and turn on all the lights if it doesn't show up."

My daughter was horrified. Her mistake could potentially shut down one of the most popular rides at the amusement park.

"We'll wait a few more minutes and see if anyone turns it in."

At that point, it was time for the ride attendants to rotate stations or take their breaks. The guy helping my daughter left and was replaced by the person who had been at the stand next to the ride.

"Describe it to me again?" he asked.

She did.

"OH ...  Yup. I have it. I thought it was an I-Pod."

It was a scary 15 minutes.

Lessons were learned about securing valuable items.

Ultimately everybody lived happily ever after, and now we can laugh about it.

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  1. Oh wow, thank goodness it all ended well! I bet that was a scary few minutes!

  2. Pam, wow it is amazing how easily it was resolved. I find that things usually work out one way or another. I was in a hotel room asleep wen the fire alarm went off. I ran outside clutching my pump, my one and only real concern. Somehow standing outside in my underwear holding my pump with 200 other guests did not seem so upsetting until I realized I had pulled my set on exit. Well yes it was a fun way to start a work trip with 32 coworkers.


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