The other day I was climbing the stairs.
I have been climbing the stairs once a week almost ritually for well over a year now.
Every week it's the same thing. There's a small landing about half-way up where the regulars often leave a water bottle. In the winter you can often find other belongings of mine like toques, jackets and mitts. What else do I ALWAYS have right next to my water bottle? My glucose meter. For over a year.
The other day I turned my music on, plugged in and went to town. Same as every other week. I drink water every single time I pass my bottle on the way down. I had climbed 2 reps and was on my way down for my third when I stopped to drink some water. My meter was right there. I got to the bottom, immediately did an about turn and headed back up again. This time as I was coming up to my water I noticed something. Something was missing. My meter. Gone.
Someone stole my fucking meter! I AM PISSED!!
It had only been about 4 minutes since the last time I saw it, it was gone. What gets me even more pissed off is that I must have passed the culprit going up or down. I get into a groove with the stairs and don't often pay attention to the folks around me.
I know I have had people tell me it looks like a wallet. Okay fine, steal the ugly nylon "wallet". I get it. But when you get far enough away and open it up to find something clearly medically related, put it back maybe? I checked all around at the top AND bottom of the stairs with that theory in mind. That maybe some shithead realized it was of no value and was to embarrassed to put it back where they found it but at least had the decency to leave it where I might see it. Yeah. No can do.
I left the stairs after 3 reps because I was upset and angry and no longer in the mood to do stairs. Not to mention I was now climbing blindly as I had no other way to check my blood sugar. I suffered hours of blood sugars into the 15's all evening long because of the lack of exercise I had planned for.
Agh. Totally loosing faith in humanity. I shudder at the thought of someone just throwing my meter into the forest.
That was my Contour Link. The one that links with my pump. You can't buy them in stores, only through Medtronic which also means you actually have to PAY for it. Rather than the usual of buying 100 strips and getting the meter for free. It had a special custom zipper pull tab that held significant emotional value to me. I know, that sounds so stupid but it's true. It also had a Delica Lancing device I had paid for separately and a GU gel stashed in the back pocket. OH and over half a bottle of strips.
I am sad. I've never ever felt uncomfortable at my stairs. I've been going weekly for over a year. Now I feel I have to carry my meter on me while going up and down.
It also got me to thinking about the assholes out there. The ones that steal meters and throw pop bottles. I am almost uncomfortable leaving my water midway up the stairs now. What if some dick head puts something in my water without my knowing it?
Sigh. HUMANITY!! Argh.