The first flight out was jumbly, with the plane riding into some kind of air pocket right after takeoff, eliciting audible screams from some of us. (No, not from me. Turns out that, if things get scary, I resort to frantically saying the F word under my breath whilst clutching the arm rest.) Once the plane hit some smooth air, everyone breathed a little easier and tried to mellow out.
In the silence of folks calming down, I heard that low, moop sound that the Dexcom G5 app makes when it is ready to be calibrated, like the sonar ping from a submarine. It’s subtle but unmistakable.
My sensor was fine when I boarded the plane. I pulled out my phone anyway, just to make sure my CGM wasn’t crying for attention. Huh. Not me. Sliding the phone back into my purse, my peripheral vision caught the movements of the woman next to me, who had her phone in hand and I could see the little pigeon head I knew by heart.
She grinned. “Yeah.”
“Me, too. Since I was seven.”
“I was 13.”
“I thought it was my CGM that needed to be calibrated,” I said, gesturing towards my phone. “But it was you this time.”
It’s the thread that runs through all of us, that instant and unfettered understanding of the thing that simmers on the back burner some days and threatens to burn the house down on others. I know that feeling. So did the woman next to me.
Instantly, she became familiar. I didn’t know her name or where she lived or what kind of history she brought on board with her, but there was an instant connection of, “Yeah, me too. I know that thing you have. I also moop. And beep. And check. And worry. And celebrate. And dose. And fight. And laugh. And keep perspective. And move on.”