“I travel a bit and go to conferences and events where there are people who have diabetes, too. It can be kind of isolating, diabetes, so knowing other people who have it makes it easier to manage on all levels. Does that make sense?”
“Yeah. It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re weird together.’ And when you’re weird together, you get closer.”
That Guy George From the Plane (TGGFtP) and I spent the flight from San Francisco to Chicago sitting next to one another, talking first about how hung over he was (he was in San Francisco for a bachelor party and had a collection of air sickness bags in his seat pocket, jokingly at the ready) and then touching into trickier topics, like religion, politics, healthcare, and other topics that Miss Manners suggests keeping to yourself.
But honestly, after all the time I’ve spent in planes this past week (BOS -> LHR -> BCN -> SFO -> MDW -> PVD = WTF), I was happy to talk to someone, instead of picking through emails.
I laughed, harder than I’d meant to. “Yes, that’s it. That’s it, exactly, and a very eloquent description, at that.”
It’s true, though. Even though I don’t have friendly feelings towards every person with diabetes I’ve ever encountered due to personalities, preferences, and proximity, there still is a strange draw to them. It’s intrinsic. At the MedX conference this past weekend, I was in a conference room with three PWD I knew (Sara, Chris, and myself), but when I heard a Medtronic pump go off somewhere a few rows behind me, I was intrigued and started doing the math.
“Sara and I are on Animas, so we don’t make the boop beep boop sound, and Chris is on MDI, so that’s not him going off. Who is it?”
The boop beep boop’er didn’t make their presence known, and I didn’t pry, but if that person came up to me and needed to bum a fresh lancet or a test strip or a fistful of glucose tabs, I would have emptied my pockets for them, no questions asked. There’s a level of understanding in play that’s automatic, and feels downright autonomic.
George was right: I like having people to be weird together with. And I like the fact that being weird together makes us closer.