On Wednesday, I attended a seminar for people with Type 1 diabetes. The lecture hall was full of folks pumping, CGMing, and testing. Between talks, you could hear the sounds of diabetes in the room: the beeping of meters, the musical notes of bolus buttons. It was a strange little cyborg symphony in the background. Which got me thinking about the other sounds of diabetes. In our minds, we all assign a specific auditory label to our d-gear. For example, here’s what diabetes sounds like to me:
Lancets go SHUNK when they prick your finger
DexCom says BSHZZZ BSHZZ when I’m running high.
My pump says BEEP BEEP when I bolus, shrill and song-like though – more melodic than your average beep.
Test strip bottle make a definite “pop” when you open them, while insulin vial caps make a “snap.”
What sounds do you hear from your diabetes? Besides the “oh crap” that comes from our own mouths when we don’t like the number on the screen Happy Friday folks!