This morning, the alarm went of even louder than normal. I slowly got out of bed and immediately wanted to jump back in. After all, today is Monday - and a crazy Code Blue one at that! I looked at the temperature on my iphone - 9 degrees - FOR REAL. Yes, it was neither fit for woman or beast outside. Inside, the heat was on and my comforter was warm and dare I say, down right comfy? But I'm a grownup (though many would beg to differ), so I got up, tested, bolused, made coffee and jumped in the shower.
I got dressed and put on my favorite (and warm) cashmere chartreuse green sweater and black trousers. I clipped my hair back and put my face on; packed my lunch, put on my coat, scarf, gloves & beret, grabbed my work bag and headed out the door. My Honda Accord started and shifted into PARK with no problem. Ever so faintly, the little voice in my head whispered: Hmmm, maybe the whole shift from park to drive issue from previous winters had fixed itself.
Now I love my Honda, and much like Mary Poppins, it's practically perfect in every way - Except for one detail, but I digress.
Traffic was light, parking wasn't an issue and walked into work 10 minutes early was feeling all sorts of groovy.
15 minutes later as I was going over the day's schedule, I brushed my hand against my thigh and felt my infusion set.... and immediately realized that my insulin pump was not clipped to my hip, but sitting on the night table in my bedroom.
I told my boss that I needed to go home and get my pump, and he completely understood.
I ran out the door and to my car, unlocked the door, slid in and put the key in the ignition and heard my engine purr. BUT.....I couldn't get my car out of PARK no matter how hard I tried!
Sidebar: For some reason, whenever it gets insanely cold, I can't shift out of PARK for a few minutes. According to the Internet, (which has pages and pages devoted to the Honda shifting from PARK to DRIVE in cold weather phenomenon) I'm not the only person who suffers with the whole Honda PARK to DRIVE issue.
POINT, CLICK. & SHIFT MY ASS!
So there I sat, screaming in, and at my car as I frantically tried shifting from PARK into DRIVE with no success.
I'm sure if anyone was walking by, they'd think I was CRAY 2 The Z. And I have to admit, that's exactly how I felt!
Finally, after letting the car warm up for 5 minutes (which felt like 5 hours) I was able to shift into drive and get on the road. Luckily, I live relatively close to my contract job, so I was able to get home, get in, and grab my pump super quick, and for some reason, the Car Gods decided to play nice, and I was able to shift from PARK into DRIVE with no problem.
I made it back to work and didn't miss a beat. But as I sit here and type this story between work files, phone calls and the likes there of, the one thought that keeps running through my mind is: THANK GOD HONDA DOESN'T MAKE INSULIN PUMPS.