The wet streets reflected the colors of the morning sky as we made our early exit from León. As we wound our way through busy streets and the urban outskirts, a persistent high pitched noise filled my ears. I discounted it to some storefront buzz or vehicle in reverse, but after awhile had the feeling that I was walking with the alarm. “Jeanie, do you hear that?” I asked. “I think it is you.” She pulled out her PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager), and read the notification on the screen informing her that her pod had stopped delivering insulin. It did not say why, but did say a new pod needed to be inserted. We pulled over to a side street bench and dug through her bag in search of a new pod and insulin.
Jeanie laughed as I informed her how she looked, filling a syringe in a back street next to a graffiti covered wall. We could only hope our laughter and the unabashed nature of our movements could compensate for the skepticism of passerbys.
Especially when in a city or a noisy crowded atmosphere, it would
be easy to miss the alarms of the Dexcom or PDM. When a vibrate option is available, such as on the Dexcom, Jeanie has found it helpful to utilize this along with the usual alarm sound. It still is not a perfectly foolproof system, but it is important to give yourself the best chance to respond to a notification as early as possible. And as a take away lesson from our day, if “the beeping car” is following you for more than a few minutes, then it might be time to do a quick check and make sure you aren’t missing an important notification!
When all was amended and repacked, we continued on. Jeanie’s levels were great throughout the day and we walked until reaching a small municipality called Hospital de Órbigo. We had slightly exceeded the 22 mile mark, and it was time for hot showers and a hearty meal at the small pensión (hostel type accommodation) we had found for the nights stay. We will check back in with you soon!