The uncommon sound of the alarm alerts me and I glance down at my pump. Warning: Low battery. Sigh. I confirm it and lock the pump, remembering that the last time when I did that my Little Buddy was still going strong six hours later. I don't give it a second thought.
Half an hour later
Beep beep. Beep beep. Beep beep.
I press all the buttons in an attempt to shut him up.
The screen's gone black and my Little Buddy's not responding, except to continue warning me that something is wrong. Beep beep. I try to ignore him, thinking that I'll deal with it later.
Beep beep. The whole classroom full of people is looking at me now. "What's that noise?" "Umm...it's my pump. I think it's dead." Entering slight panic mode now.
I get permission from the teacher and I go to change my battery (amid relentless, annoying beep beeps). Thankfully, I did have a battery wiht a little juice left in it. (The problem was procuring the coin, but I'll get to that later.)
Untwist the battery cap - beep beeoop...silence.
Insert new battery - beep beep. Nooo!
I breathe a sigh of relief. He's ALIIIVE! I feel like Dr. Frankenstein for a moment.
Of course, my Little Buddy has decided to reset all his settings. I guess at the time (no clock in the gym changeroom? What?) and - thanks to the advent calender - punch in the date. (I still don't know why the year changed back to 2007).
So, long story short, I found out that my pump can die. Like actually, truly, comatosely, die. And that he WILL let me know when he has died. And also, thankfully, that he is revivable.
I'll give that half-hour battery warning more of a thought next time. And I'll put a coin into my glucometer case. :-)
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