I had the opportunity through work yesterday (reminder: disclosure) to present to a group of over 100 school nurses. Similar to the post by Christel a few weeks ago, the presentation started with a description of the types of diabetes medications and devices a person with type 1 diabetes would use on a daily basis and the cost for each of the items. Since I personally own spares of just about everything, I was able to pack a small backpack with examples so that they could become familiar with the items before seeing it on a child in their office.
The part of the presentation that surprised me was when I asked how many of them had a child with type 1 diabetes at their school. As members of the fifth largest school district in the country, almost everyone in the room raised their hand.
I didn’t go to huge schools while growing up – a few hundred in my elementary and middle schools, and a graduating class of about 500 in my high school – but I did not know a single person with diabetes. I don’t think there are too many school-aged children who can say that now and while I suppose it’s good for awareness, otherwise this is not a good thing. I wish we could figure out what is causing this increase!
I was back in my office a few hours after the presentation and I thought I heard my Dexcom vibrate. A quick glance at the Nightscout app on my watch didn’t show anything that would inspire a vibrate alarm. A coworker was standing in my doorway and mentioned her cell phone so I decided it must have actually been her phone. A few minutes later I heard the vibration again at this time it was followed by the tell-tale beep. Again, nothing on the watch that would explain it. I checked my actual Dexcom receiver and everything looked normal. The confusion was building! I was panicked that my out of warranty transmitter was sending out final warning signals.
Thankfully another set of vibrations and beeps redirected me to the actual source of the beeps and buzzes. It wasn’t coming from my purse but from the small backpack next to it. I had given the nurses my old Dexcom receiver, transmitter, and a very expired sensor to look at. I guess one of them had been a little curious, because someone had turned the receiver on and “started” the sensor. Two hours later, the receiver was letting me know it was ready for the calibration values.
The good news is that the audience was involved and curious during my presentation and the even better news is that a Dexcom receiver that hasn’t been turned on for 3 months still has a little life left in it.