I couldn't help myself a few weeks ago. I saw a stranger in public with a Minimed pump and I had to say hello. Actually I kind of joked around with the woman and I think she took it well.
I was watching my kids at a play area when I saw a mother there watching her kids. She had a blue Medtronic/Minimed pump on her waist.
I walked up and said, "That cell phone on your hip looks pretty cool! What kind is it?"
She replied, "Oh, actually it's an insulin pump."
Then I decided to run through a few of the questions I have heard from people who have no idea.
"Oh wow, so that's for diabetes...so that keeps track of how much food you eat?"
She answered no, but briefly explained that it helped her manage her blood-glucose levels. (Good response!)
I asked, "So that's connected to you?"
She smiled and said yes. Then I thought I had probably harassed her enough, and I interrupted and told her I knew all this. I pulled up my shirt to show the pump on my waist, and said, "I thought I'd try some of the questions I get with someone else!"
She laughed and said that I should have added that I had a grandparent with diabetes who didn't need a pump.
So that potentially awkward interaction went well, but I'm not sure why I felt the need to approach a stranger with diabetes to say hello, or to joke around like I did. Hey, isn't that what tudiabetes is for?