Last week, I was waiting patiently for my sandwich at the local Wawa deli counter. (Wawa is THE convenience store in the greater Philadelphia area. People are passionate about this, maybe even to a fault. I was raised a little bit more west, so I have a preference for Sheetz.) I was the only one waiting on my food for a couple of minutes, and then for some reason some motion next to me caught my eye.
There was a guy standing next to me, about my own age with black-rimmed glasses, long hair, and some sort of screenprinted t-shirt. Maybe for a band. He looked like the type of person I would see at a concert. He was dressed a little like Matt. I see people like this and assume they're nice.
I don't know what possessed me to look downward slightly, but that's where I noticed it--pump tubing reaching out of his pocket and up under his clothes somewhere. His pocket hung open just enough that I could see the top of a Minimed insulin pump. I smiled, then started thinking, "Should I say something? Should I ask him about it? I really want to say hello!" Yet I know not everyone geeks out over their insulin pumps. Some people don't even want other people to know they have diabetes. Not everyone is comfortable when an enthusiastically talkative stranger whips out her own insulin pump and wants to chat about it. This dude probably just wants to get his sub and go home.
I did try to catch his eye, but he wandered off to get a cup of coffee.
I've read a few accounts on the DOC of similar run-ins. How do you guys handle it when you see someone else who obviously is doing something related to diabetes (i.e. wearing a pump, testing their blood, etc.)? Do you casually say hello? Do you just offer a kind, understanding smile? Do you pretend they don't exist? I get really excited when I see someone who is like me--if a bubbly blonde approaches you in the grocery store and mentions something about your insulin pump, just be patient. That person is probably me, and I mean you no harm.