Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
Corollary 234 for People with Diabetes: When your insulin pump battery is low, it will die at the most inconvenient time.
As I settled into my seat after the hymn and pulled out my Bible as the chapel message began, my pump began to beep at me frantically: “Change my battery! Change me! Change me!”
A friend leaned over and asked, “Are you ok?” I nodded and briefly explained that my pump battery needed changing as I pulled out my meter case and dug around for my backup battery. I disconnected the pump and went to remove the battery cap.
The chapel speaker announced his text and people began flipping through the pages of their Bibles.
Then I remembered I needed a penny to unscrew the battery cap. And I remembered that my penny-for-changing-the-pump-battery was in my other case.
Time to improvise.
I decided to use one of my keys. The key chain jangled as I struggled to unscrew the cap and the key awkwardly scraped against the reservoir cap. A couple of other friends looked over to see if I was ok. I put the battery in backwards at first (I always put the battery in backwards the first time), and then had to unscrew the cap again. Finally, I was successful and I tried to regain the thread of the chapel message.
Walking to lunch afterwards, I put my hand in my jacket pocket.
I found a penny.