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I'm a glass-half-full type of girl. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010 and life-altering allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with dis-ease. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Dis-ease is expensive, so I live a frugal yet healthy lifestyle. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Human Behavior

It's very strange to me when random people come up to me and ask me about "that thing on my arm." Like today at Target. I was totally engaged in reading the back of a mustard bottle (to check for gluten) when I hear someone say "Excuse me." I look up to see a man in a Target uniform. "Can I ask you what that is on your arm?" I explained it was an insulin pump. "I thought those had wires. My so-and-so/inlaw/friend/cousin had one of those things but he wore it on his waist and it had these wire things (as he demonstrates with his arms what the wires looked like)." Yes, I replied, I have the wireless pump that you can wear in different areas. "Oh... is that new? I haven't seen that before." Yes, it's not brand new, but newER I guess. He mumbled something else, which didn't register with me. I must have had some sort of look on my face, because he said nicely "Sorry to have embarrassed you. Thanks for talking with me." I tried to shake off whatever look I had and said Oh no, it's no problem. Have a good day.

This is the 2nd time in a little over a week that a random person has come up to me to ask me about "the thing on my arm." It doesn't bother me, just takes me by surprise when I'm not expecting it. I guess there have been times when I've seen someone in a store who maybe has visible scars from an accident or maybe has a limb amputated and I wonder what happened. But I don't think I'd ever approach them in a store and ask them. I guess it made me wonder if the people that asked me about my pump actually did know what it was, but just wanted to tell me their story about someone they knew that has diabetes. Maybe as a sign of support?? I dunno. It doesn't bother me. I am just curious about why people do that. Do others have people come up and ask them about their pumps?

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