It was a very busy week. I had many presentations in front of big groups of 65+ people. In the middle of the first one, literally in the middle, mid-sentence, I heard that special beep, beep, beep of my pump telling me something is wrong. I'd changed my pump out the day before so I was pretty sure it was a battery failure warning. The battery aspect of the pump has always been a bit of a drag in my mind. It's great that my pump uses the standard triple A battery but for whatever reason, they don't seem to last very long...I know, I know that the Energizer pink bunny brand works better than Duracell, but regardless, they seem to run out an awful lot. I always have a new one in my bag though sometimes even those get funky and aren't as effective.
So anyway, there I am, mid-sentence in front of 65 people, thinking "well what do I do now?" Do I keep going or do I excuse myself, change out the battery and resume? I figured, well it's not like the pump will stop working immediately (though I must confess I don't know that for sure. I've never read the manual. I know I should but it just isn't something I remember to do when I'm not in the midst of a battery failure and it's certainly not something I think about when I am. I've never read my car manual either if that's any indication of my prediliction to reading technical manuals...but I digress). I had 15 minutes to go and I figured, I could adjust my insulin if I went high as a result of not responding immediately. Plus, I decided that this wasn't the place I wanted to share my diabetes with the world. The drama of stopping, walking off stage and coming back would have been unwarrented for the situation. Then there would have been questions and explanations and well, more drama. Ick. Not necessary and not going to happen. All this went through my head as I advanced the slides and kept on talking. Talk about multi-tasking! Once done, I changed out the bad battery with another bunny battery and all was well. It certainly is a weird life we lead.