"The lady with the Omnipod is still at the pool with her kids most days," my daughter reported the other night.
"And there was another woman there. She had a pump clipped to her bikini top but the tubing was connected to her hip. It would make sense if the site was in her arm maybe. It looked uncomfortable to me. Or like you could accidentally yank it out with your own arm somehow- but whatever I guess...it's up to her."
It's summer again, which is prime pump-sighting season, especially at the pool and the beach.
Last years' beach vacation tally was 2 dexcoms and an Omnipod. Our town pool tally was 2 omnipods and a tubed pump a little too far way to identify the brand of. Walking around various cities and towns added 3 more pumps that I can remember.
We've never spoken to any of these people about their devices.
But we always speak to each other about them. "That guy has something on his stomach...over there by the purple striped umbrella...is it a Dexcom or an Omnipod?" Or "That lady's making me nervous standing knee deep in the water- over there near the jetty- I think that's a Medtronic pump, right- those aren't waterproof are they? The tide's coming in fast." We discuss where the devices are worn, attempts to disguise them or not, and how far down the beach the people with diabetes walk without bringing a meter or a container of glucose tabs with them.
It's fascinating to watch other people with diabetes in the wild. It's also comforting since every sighting-spurred conversation boils down to this: "Hey- look- there's another person with diabetes just living life," and especially at the beach or the pool, "and having fun."