Thursday, March 24, 2011

Everything Is Going To Be Alright.

When we left our home of four years I felt uneasy.  It was the community that saw us through Jenna’s diabetes onset and diagnosis - the town that supported us and comforted us during a dark time in our lives.  The doctors, nurses, pharmacists and support staff -  they knew us.  They knew our little girls.  They knew Jenna.  To leave that was scary and upsetting.   Diabetes isn’t something that can be left unattended for any length of time at all.  It requires constant attention and a steady stream of medical accoutrements.  Consequently, people with this disease quickly find themselves on a first-name basis with their friendly neighbourhood pharmacy staff.  It’s like our home away from home.

Today we spoke with a pharmacist at the pharmacy we will be using in our new community to obtain all the supplies Jenna requires for her diabetes management.  He had us feeling comfortable, taken care of and at home within the first five seconds of our interaction with him.   As he input Jenna’s information into his computer data base he told us there were lots of insulin pumpers in the area and he likely stocked everything we would require.   My eyes widened.  “Really?  Lots?!”

“Oh sure. players...lots of people.” He looked up from his computer and smiled.   I felt like I was being hugged by our new community.  

But it wasn’t just the idea of there being others in our new town with type 1 diabetes - like Jenna - who pumped insulin - like Jenna - that had me wide-eyed.  It was also the fact that this pharmacy had an ample supply of everything we would need at any given moment.

“So...if I wanted a box of infusion sets right could hook me up?” I asked trying to sound poised and hide my giddiness.


I peaked around the counter in disbelief when he disappeared behind the shelves to retrieve a box of infusion sets to show me.  Sure enough, there on the shelves were stacks of boxes of infusion sets, cartridges and every type of meter you can imagine.  The multi-clix we love so dearly were also stocked in abundance in tidy little boxy towers, lined up just as neat as you please.  

I stood there like a kid in a toy store, my mouth hanging open.  

“Wow.  That’s...that’s just really awesome.”  At this point I’d given up trying to sound cool and together.  I think I may have even giggled this ridiculous, little girl giggle.  I was treading on uncharted territory.  I have never dealt with a pharmacy that not only had  “lots” of other type 1 diabetic insulin pumpers for customers but had an impressive reserve of supplies at the ready, for the asking.   

I left that pharmacy with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.  I felt safe.  My little girl will be taken care of here.  

Everything is going to be alright.  


Unknown said...

THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!! God BLESS you, Awesome Pharmacist who works at an Awesome Pharmacy!!!!

And God bless the journey to find some of those pumpers :)

Mike Hoskins said...

Sherry, that is so cool and made me smile. Not to mention a little envious... Everything is gonna be alright, and that seems to be a sign letting you know. Awesome.

Unknown said...

WO HOOO. So glad that you are finding comfort at your local pharmacy Sherry. Too funny how what seems like a little thing to a HUGE thing to those of us managing gargantuan amounts of medical supplies.

Scott K. Johnson said...

I too smiled when reading this. :-)

Denise said...

Yay for a plethora of D supplies! :-)

Anonymous said...

It makes all the difference if there is more than one child with D at their school; they won't feel alone. Hoping you will find those kindred pumpers...... Sounds like you are going to be happy with your move.

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

"Kid in a candy store..." Even better, I dare say. :)

Jen said...

Wow, that's an awesome pharmacy you've found! I live in Vancouver and while our pharmacy has most D supplies in stock at any time, infusion sets and reservoirs have to be ordered every time and take up to a week to arrive!

A couple of years ago we were camping near Merritt, BC, and needed a glucagon shot (I only packed 1 and had to use it 1st night) and I was amazed that the local pharmacy actually had it in stock! My city pharmacy needs 24 hrs notice to bring it in...