"What Are You DOING?!"
While I was away last week, the first flight, from Providence to Chicago, was very turbulent and bumpy, so my blood sugar did some tumbles while my anxiety levels were up around 37,000 feet. My Dexcom graph showed me heading back into range after landing, but by the time I boarded my connection flight, it was starting to rise a little bit again. I needed to spot check and see where things were at.
Since my row was filled in already and everyone was buckled in, and the plane was still being boarded, I reached into my bag to retrieve my meter for a quick check. I was a little oblivious, with Spotify (Beastie Boys, Ch-Check It Out) streaming in through my headphones, so I wasn't much paying attention to my fellow passengers until I felt the eyes of the teenage girl across the aisle, staring at me.
On diabetes auto-pilot, I slid the test strip into the top of my meter and pulled an earbud out of my ear so I could hear her better.
"Your iPod is really cool."
"What's that?" I said, deftly lancing my fingertip out of sight.
"Your iPod? I really like your iPod. I've never seen one with an antennae like that and ... WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOUR IPOD?" Her eyebrows shot up into her hairline and her mouth made this horrified little O as I brought the blood drop up to the test strip, stuck into what she thought was the source of my tunes.
"Oh, it's not an iPod! It's a glucose meter. I'm sorry!"
She laughed. "For diabetes? Got it. Not for iTunes. I'm sorry I freaked out." She gave me a rueful grin. "Carry on."
My Verio IQ glucose meter ... not an iPod.