However, I arrived at the office to find an eager delivery man champing at the door with a couple of large packages. A ray on sunshine broke through the rolling damp clouds as my brand new shiny pump arrived and after 18 months of long Lothian waiting list, I was finally able to clutch my Medtronic Veo in my eager hands. Huzzah!
It was as if Christmas had come early (if your idea of an ideal Christmas Day consists predominately of receiving medical equipment). I eagerly tore open package after package of pump detritus, infusion sets, spare batteries, instructions manuals, more instruction manuals and miscellaneous other guff. And, finally, there it was my new pump – black, moody and with a shiny new ACT button that was ready to, well, ACT.
Of course, I’m not actually allowed to use it until I’ve had the requisite training – which seems entirely fair. The thought of being let loose on a pump with little or no knowledge of how to actually operate one is somewhat terrifying. So training starts in a couple of weeks’ time on the 2nd November.
So what could I do with it in the meantime? Come up with a name for it of course! Reading other people’s blogs and websites I had noted that lots of people have names for their pumps. Not being one to stand out from the crowd, I thought I’d better do the same. So the Veo has now been dubbed – wait for it – Engelbert Pumperdinck!
The instructions say I’m not to immerse Engelbert, so I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to christen it formally. Suggestions below. But, that aside, welcome to diabetic fraternity Engelbert! Hurrah!