Today for Diabetes Blog Week, the prompt is as follows:
Diabetes bloopers – Wednesday 5/11: Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong. But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful – instead sometimes they are downright funny! Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper – your “I can’t believe I did that” moment – your big “D-oh” – and let’s all have a good laugh together!!
Want to learn more about Diabetes Blog Week? Go to Karen’s blog (by the way, Karen, great job in putting this together!)
“The Mutant Lady” Story
One day when I was at the mall by myself (I was about 20 years old and at my peak of “coolness”). I was approached by a little girl and her mom. The girl looked around age 4 and was dragging her mom over to me. The little girl’s mom kept saying, “Ariel, honey, what do you want, where are you going?” Finally they made it over to me and the little girl looked up at me with a big smile and sparkly eyes and said, “Are you a mutant?” I kind of stammered, “uh..whaa….um…no…” Then the girl’s mother said, “I’m so sorry ma’am, honey let’s go, leave this young lady alone”. The little girl pointed to my pump tubing and said, “My brother said mutants have tubes and I’m so happy because I found a mutant!”
I turned a little red and felt quite embarrassed because people around us were staring at me and my mutant tubing. The little girl squealed with glee to have found her brother to be a “truth teller” for once. I couldn’t tell her she was wrong, she was sooo happy. The girl’s mom tried again to get her to walk away but the little girl then started tugging on my tubing and trying to trace it to it’s place of origin.
She was a harmless, adorable little kid so I didn’t slap her hand away or anything. I just stood, frozen. She found my insertion site on my abdomen and said, “Oh my gosh! Mommy look! It must be a mutant feeding tube or wire! WOW!” The mother grabbed the little girl, apologized profusely to me and dragged the girl away who left screaming, “I want to see the mutant lady, mommy pleeaasseee!!!” I’ll never forget the looks from the other people in the mall, everyone wondering what the mutant tubing thing was about.
I went home that day thinking, “One day this will be funny…”
I’m glad I had an excuse to share it with you all today, lol.