Murphy’s Law, Corollary 234 for People with Diabetes


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.



About Nel

As a graduate education student, I've come to the conclusion that teaching requires an addiction to caffeine. My favorite caffeinated beverages are coffee, tea, and diet Coke. And when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2012, I also came to the conclusion that living requires insulin. I blog about my busy life juggling graduate education courses, a teaching assistantship in my University's English department, and my recent type 1 diabetes diagnosis the The Clumsy Juggler. I do not live in New York City.

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