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Small World

Kelly, Arden and Cole went to a movie the other day while I stayed home to write. They were gone just a little over an hour when I received a text from Kelly, she was concerned that Arden's canula had become dislodged. Arden's BG was rocketing in the darkened theater and Kelly thought that I should bring some insulin and a needle.

With two syringes and a vial of Apidra in my pocket, I approached the customer service counter at our local multiplex expecting to find someone who wouldn't understand why I needed to enter the building without buying a ticket. When it was my turn a young lady asked if she could help me and I said, "My daughter is in theater fourteen, her insulin pump isn't working and I'm here to give her an injection". Before I could tell her that I would only be in the building for a few moments she said, "No problem, go right in". I have to admit that I thought her lack of resistance was because she heard some "medical words" and didn't want to get involved.

I texted Arden, she came into the lobby to meet me, we tested and shot right there on the bench. Our entire interaction lasted maybe four minutes.

On my way out I waved to the girl so she would know I was leaving. To my surprise she called to me and asked which pump Arden uses. I told her OmniPod and she responded, "Oh, the one without the tubing... how do you like it?". Now this girl was perhaps nineteen and I could only think of one way that she would know that so I said, "How old were you?".

The lovely CSR told me that she was diagnosed when she was nine and then asked about Arden. "Just after her second birthday", I answered. The girl smiled and said, "She has me beat!".

We exchanged pleasantries before I said, "Small world". Turns out that the pod was delivering insulin just fine though Arden did need the insulin that we injected. I think maybe the entire trip was just the universe's way of letting me meet a happy, polite and thoughtful young girl who has type I diabetes. I smiled all the way to my car.

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Reader Comments (5)

Posts like this make me tear up, but in a good way. Sometimes even the "bad" things in life bring happy moments. :-)

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

There's a big smile on my face right now. Sometimes, fate just puts the right people in the right place at the right time.

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

I have the biggest smile on my face right now! Small world, indeed!

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Hey Scott,

Thanks for sharing the story. Small little instances like these just bring great joy because there are other people that are going through the same experience. I love reading about Arden and I really enjoy your writing style. Keep it up!

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I'm so happy that you enjoyed hearing about this brief encounter. Thank you for taking the time to comment, I hope everyone has a moment like this today! Best,

July 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

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