Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Battery backup

“I tried to tell my mom, but…” and his voice trailed off as I turned to look at him.

A group of us had spent most of the day in the Magic Kingdom and were waiting in line to order ice cream before returning to the hotel for a break before we returned for more theme park fun.

its in the eyes

Thanks Meri and L for the reenactment. I see Oliver, but Meri sees a little Puss in Boots from Shrek. It’s definitely in the eyes.

Meri’s youngest son L held his pump up to me cradled in both hands.

The sad look in his eyes and the way he was holding his pump reminded me of a scene from Oliver Twist (“Please sir, may I have some more?”).

OFF NO POWER. I wore the same brand of pump as L for eight years so I knew the urgency of the warning. It wasn’t just a warning to replace the battery sometime soon. It was an alert to replace the battery NOW.


The only problem is that I now use a different brand of pump that requires a different sized battery. Brian was standing behind me but we wear the same pump brand. Thankfully, behind Brian was his friend Jeanette, wearing a pump that uses the same sized battery. I asked her if she had a spare battery on her, but was ready to make a mad dash down Main Street if she didn’t have one.

Thankfully Jeanette had a battery so while she was digging it out of her diabetes bag I reached into my purse to find a coin for the battery compartment. L noticed we had found a battery and said, “that’s great but you will need a… oh, okay” as I retrieved the coin from my wallet.

I was twisting off the battery cap, taking the old battery out with one hand, putting the new battery in with the other hand, balancing the battery cap with a few spare fingers, when Meri finished ordering the ice cream for her family.

“What are you guys doing?”

“Don’t worry about it. Just replacing L’s battery but we are almost done.”

“I tried to tell you, Mom.”

And that’s why if you are going to explore Disney World with nine people, it doesn’t hurt if six of them have diabetes.

  • Kerri. says:

    PWD – powered by batteries? Powered by COMMUNITY. Tagline FTW.

    July 22, 2013 at 6:03 am
  • StephenS says:

    Great story… Thanks

    July 22, 2013 at 6:14 am
  • Jess says:

    Poor guy – totally reminds me of Oliver!

    July 22, 2013 at 6:18 am
  • Kim says:

    I love this story!

    July 22, 2013 at 6:26 am
  • Andrea says:

    Sometimes I notice more gadget problems arise when I’m around other PWD. It must be the D-gods relaxing because there are other community members to help out.

    July 22, 2013 at 6:30 am
  • Charli1point5 says:

    I have found spare batteries at work and even once at a restaurant I was eating at. Now, I try to keep a spare in my meter case. Which reminds me, I need to replace my spare that I used yesterday…

    July 22, 2013 at 6:50 am
  • Briley says:

    I love how much easier it is to fix D mistakes when surrounded by other PWDs.

    July 22, 2013 at 7:20 am
  • Brian says:

    Personally, I was more entertained by the look of bemusement on poor Meri’s face. I think she still owes Jeanette a battery though. 🙂 (Meri if you see this comment, don’t even think about trying to send a battery to her.)

    July 22, 2013 at 7:36 am
  • katy says:

    This is such a good story—those big eyes! Please, sir?

    July 22, 2013 at 8:02 am
  • Karen says:

    You guys are total heros!! But we all knew that already. 😉

    July 22, 2013 at 8:22 am
  • laura says:

    Love! – #dblogcheck

    July 22, 2013 at 8:26 am
  • PancreasticMom says:

    Nice! Love that last sentence:) Happy dblog check day!

    July 22, 2013 at 8:28 am
  • Abby says:

    I am so jealous of all you who got to go to FFL!!! I’m @alegrange on twitter and trying to get connected with #dblogcheck… Thanks for sharing!!

    July 22, 2013 at 8:52 am
  • Alexis says:

    Still the cutest story and dang it! I was certain it was Twist when you told me, but Puss in Boots is definitely a close call.

    July 22, 2013 at 9:04 am
  • Emi says:

    Love it! I agree, vacation MUST be nicer surrounded with people who “get it.”

    July 22, 2013 at 9:09 am
  • Stacey D. says:

    When packing supplies where I’ll be in the company of other PWD, I feel more at ease with making sure if I have every little thing with me. And that has to be the cutest sad face ever!

    July 22, 2013 at 9:12 am
  • Emily R says:

    Happy #dblogcheck Day! 🙂

    July 22, 2013 at 9:23 am
  • Mike Hoskins says:

    What a great story, Sara! Way to go on the backup battery finding and replacement. Especially as the ice cream was so close! That’s one situation I’ve been in a number of times, and try to always carry a backup just in case – of course, it’s typically when you DON’T have one that the battery depletes and you forgot to check that before leaving the house… another great example of the benefits of being surrounded by people like you! Thank you for sharing this.

    July 22, 2013 at 9:58 am
  • Brea says:

    Great story! Check! 🙂

    July 22, 2013 at 10:15 am
  • kelly2k says:


    July 22, 2013 at 10:23 am
  • jenn says:

    Love the visual!

    July 22, 2013 at 10:25 am
  • Melissa E says:

    Checking in! #dblogcheck

    July 22, 2013 at 10:46 am
  • Christel says:

    I keep extra batteries in my change purse. I’m lousy at changing the battery. 🙂

    July 22, 2013 at 11:24 am
  • Sarah - Sugabetic (@SugabeticMe) says:

    Aw! That FACE!!
    On another note, I think that’s what’s so relieving about being in the company of d-friends. If you need help, someone always has your back. (I cannot express my thanks to Kerri for the amount of glucose tabs I had to get from her at DiabetesSisters this year!)

    July 22, 2013 at 11:32 am
  • Meri says:

    Admittedly, you all saved the day. I had no spare batteries on me.

    In my defense, i was remembering 5 different ice cream orders and reciting them back to the impatient man when this was all going down.

    And yeah, I owe Jeanette a battery. Maybe she will settle for me buying her a drink next year at FFL??

    PS Ironically, I had to change his battery again today. I’m hoping Jeanette’s battery was old, and nothing is going wonky on his pump. His warranty expired and I really want to wait to order a new one when the NEW Medtronic pump rolls out. Crossing my fingers!!

    July 22, 2013 at 11:54 am
  • Christina says:

    its stories like this one that make me love you all so much – when I say *all I mean the entire diabetes community. This could have been any of us at any time. Scott was able to hook my daughter up with syringes when she left her pump 40 miles away while we met for lunch – its what the DOC does.

    The visuals rock – poor little L. Yes traveling in packs does make a difference!
    Way to save the magic and the ice-cream yall.

    July 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm
  • Joanne says:

    This is why I always need to roll with a diabetes posse.

    Love it.

    July 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm
  • Lesley says:

    …and why I am still searching for a bag, meter case, anything that will hold all the stuff I want to have for my daughter’s meter & extra supplies and my PDM & extra supplies. I would design it myself except I have no idea what I really want! 😉 Thanks for all the great posts.

    July 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  • victoria says:

    That face… I love the reenactment. Adorable!

    July 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  • Laddie says:

    Your post reminded me that my back-up batteries and syringes are in the case of the meter I no longer use and sitting on my desk. Just moved them and thanks for a motivating example of why I carry them with me.


    July 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  • Colleen says:

    What I love? That he knew he could ask any of you for help. And he did.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm
  • Denise aka Mom of Bean says:

    just more awesome support from fabulous D-peeps!!

    love it!!

    July 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm
  • Jess says:

    This is why being surrounded by PWDs is awesome. I borrowed a battery of Kelly R. at Simonpalooza. 🙂

    July 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm
  • Scott E says:

    Would he have accepted a bloodstained battery? Because that’s where I keep my spare AAA — in the same zipper-compartment of my meter that the used test-strips go in.

    July 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm
  • Scott K. Johnson says:

    Oh man – the pictures! Ha!

    July 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm
  • Alecia says:

    What a terrific experience! True teamwork, D style! Love it!

    July 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm
  • Rachel says:

    Teamwork is a beautiful thing!

    July 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm
  • Ivy says:

    Would have loved to see that face! It was nice meeting you at Epcot for the first time.

    July 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • Jessi says:

    Sometimes I wish that blogs had a like button like Face Book. “Like”

    July 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm
  • 1Bolus@ATime/Click says:

    AWESOME story & the pics are priceless! Thanks!!!

    July 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm
  • Tim Brand says:

    Great story! D-daughter 2 wears the MM, so I understand the drill when the battery gets low.

    July 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm
  • Bernard Farrell says:

    Thanks for a fun story, albeit another reminder that I didn’t make CWD. I remember those days. I always want to get the most out of a battery mostly for environmental reasons, and sometimes went a little too far. I’m happy for both of you that you got to spend time with Meri. I’ve yet to see her IRL.

    Happy #dblogcheckday

    July 23, 2013 at 12:47 am
  • Reyna says:


    July 23, 2013 at 5:43 am
  • Kelley says:

    I love that so many PWD were together 🙂 And I LOVE that photo of Puss in Boots. My Minimed pump is EXACTLY the same way, when you get that low battery alert, you literally have to stop everything to find a new battery or else it will die in like 2 hours! Cute story 🙂

    August 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

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