No Moral Lifeguard on Duty?
I'm refraining from using the words that are REALLY flying around in my head regarding this discrimination issue. But believe me, Yosemite Sam ain't got nothin' on me this morning. My whole brain is "frick-a-frackin' ..."
"Has anyone besides me ever been kicked out of a pool for wearing a pump? I received a letter from my HOA board to refrain from using the pool because they consider my pump to be a port and I will infect our entire community for using the pool. Also they think that the wound site will spread infection through out our community. They photograph me using the pool or send a board member down to the pool to stare at me or will have our community attorney sit down at the pool to intimadate me to stop using the pool. I am recovering from a stroke and need the pool to help my paraylis. Also my heart is bad and the stress they are causing me makes me literally sick. But I own a share of the community and pay 245.00 a month for a maintance fee that gives me access to the pool. Any ideas what I should do? Animas 2020 is my pump and on page 95 of the user guide it reads that it is safe to use the pump while swimming. I have removed the pump and capped it off just so no one will yell at me or send me another letter."
This woman was kicked out of the pool because she was wearing an insulin pump? She's recovering from a stroke and using the pool as part of her therapy, she's wearing a waterproof Animas pump, and she's minding her own business? But she's being intimidated by the community attorney (by the way, what kind of community has an attorney prowling around the pool?) and photographed using the pool, as if she was doing something wrong?
I know I live in a bubble. And I know that not everyone understands the medical devices that we wear to manage our diabetes. But would you tell a child with a cochlear implant that they can't use a pool? I am really tired of people assuming that our efforts towards good control and good health are something to ridicule, judge, and persecute. I'm not sure what to do about this story, but I want to lend my support, and I'm hoping that we can help ShipAddict feel the support of our community as a whole. What can she do to protect her rights?
Hey Animas - this lady is using your pump. Anything you can do to rally behind her?
Hey Media Outlets, interested in doing a story on this to help raise awareness for the rights of people with diabetes?
Hey ShipAddict, we've got your back.
(And hat tip to Jeff, who let me know about this story.)