Thursday morning, my blood sugar was running low and I put off getting my shower until about 11 so I didn’t drop low in the shower. I was only in the shower for a couple minutes when all of a sudden, the lights went out. About the same time that the lights went out, I heard what sounded like something getting knocked over. All I could think about was the shower scene from Psycho!
Because my balance is so bad from the neuropathy, I use a shower chair. I sat there for a minute before I turned the water off and pulled the shower curtain back. Everything was quiet. My dog wasn’t growling at anything so I figured the noise was just a fluke.
I got dressed and went downstairs to call the power company. Since it was daylight, it was hard to tell if I was the only person with power problems. Right after I moved in here, the main breaker went and I was the only person with a problem so I know that happens. I picked up the phone and no dial tone – I have the phone service from the cable company. Even though the modem is powered by electricity, it has a battery backup and the phone will work for awhile if the power goes out. I got my cell phone and called the number to report a power outage. I no sooner hung up and the lights came back on. The lights were on, but no cable.
I went back upstairs to dry my hair – at least I could do that. I wasn’t too concerned about not having cable. I don’t watch TV during the day and I had a cell phone if I needed to make a call. I had things I wanted to do anyway so not having internet would keep me away from the computer for the afternoon.
I came downstairs and it was about noon so I thought I may as well get some lunch. I took my insulin for lunch and went in the kitchen to start getting lunch ready. I reset the clock on the microwave and put some water in to make tea. My dog didn’t want to eat breakfast that morning and I had put his bowl in the fridge. I thought I would see if he wanted to eat so got that out. I was sitting in the kitchen with him because my cat likes to try and steal his food – I guess dog food tastes better than cat food. Next thing I know, the lights go out again.
I usually cook up hamburgers and freeze them then microwave one for lunch. I had that sitting on the counter waiting for my water to heat up. I decided to cancel my TAG extended bolus for the protein and fat in the burger since I didn’t know how long the power would be out. The only thing I had bloused for with the regular bolus that I couldn’t heat up was a slice of cheese. I should be safe for the regular bolus. I went ahead and got the part of my lunch that did not require electricity.
After I ate, I thought I would call the power company again. This time, there was a message that the power should be back on about 2. That wasn’t too bad.
Since there wasn’t much I could do without electricity, I thought I would sit down and read for awhile. That proved harder than what it should be because it kept getting darker and it was getting hard to see. I was starting to get hungry. I wanted to wait until I could heat up my hamburger but at the same time, I don’t like eating meat too late in the day with gastroparesis. Besides being hungry, I was getting cold. It was about 37 degrees out and starting to get a little on the cold side inside. It was after 2.
Then I looked at my Dexcom and saw the one bar left on the battery icon. Crap! I remembered I was going to plug it in when I first got up, but since my blood sugar had been running low, I decided to wait. Lesson learned: when your Dexcom battery needs charged, do it because you might not be able to later! My graph did not look too bad for a messed up lunch. Maybe I should quit eating hamburger. I figured I would take a picture since I needed to do something for entertainment.
Finally about 2:30, the lights came on – I had left several lights on so I would know when the power came back on. I walked over and saw that all the lights on the modem box were now flashing so my cable was back also.
I never did hear what caused the outage – I am guessing someone hit something that caused both cable and electricity to go out. Although I did not have a very productive day, it did give me one more thing to write about. Day 20 of NaBloPoMo and only 10 more to go!