Diabetes Bloopers!

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I couldn’t get my Diabetes Blog Week post done yesterday.  Felt bad, but I just couldn’t do it.  I’m hoping you all will accept a “makeup” post a day late?  I even drew a picture for it…

Today (yesterday) our assignment is to talk about a diabetes blooper.  Like anyone living with diabetes, I had plenty to pick from.  But there was one that kept jumping to the front of the line in my head.

This was many, many years ago.  It was before I started pumping, so I was doing injections with syringes.  I had this routine where I’d get done with the shot, stick the tail end of the syringe in my mouth while I grabbed the cap that goes over the needle.  I’d gently place the cap over the needle, making sure to get it lined up just right.  Then, to make sure it was on tight, I’d “smack” it with the palm of my hand.

Well, one day I forgot one very important step…

Drawn sketch of a guy with a syringe sticking out of his palm

It didn’t hurt.  But as I saw this freaking syringe stuck into the palm of my hand I was paralyzed. It totally freaked me out, but I was so shocked that I couldn’t pull my head together enough to pull it out!  I just sat there, eyeballs as big as Diet Coke cans, making weird “Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!” noises.

I eventually pulled it together enough to pull the syringe out, but that incident is burned into my memory forever.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. Patient Success Manager, USA for mySugr (All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer).

Diagnosed in April of 1980, I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. Read more…