Today marked another important step on my path to pumping insulin: my “Pump Start” class. After the missed calls, returned calls, triple-verifying that this was the next step in the process, the quadruple-checking that I still have the right order of operations to get me to the point of everyone in my medical team recognizing that I’m ready to put insulin in one of these t:slim cartridges – according to their standards. Today was the day. And then…
Here’s how the first 20 seconds of my appointment went down:
Them: “So we’re going to review your diabetes management today. How many times you’re checking your blood sugar, things like that.”
Me: “My referral says Pump Start, I thought that’s why I was here today.”
Them: “No, this is just an evaluation.”
Between the disappointment, anger, confusion, and frustration, I’m not sure which emotion the CDE I was meeting with could interpret first, but they were all there.