Completely Out of Insulin-How would you feel

By Ms. DAT Latest Reply 2013-02-13 22:19:41 -0600
Started 2013-02-12 16:03:55 -0600

I was on the Greyhound bus last night in route to home after traveling over 200 miles or more for an mental health appointment. When the bus made first stop I went to restroom on the bus but when I returned to my seat my white bag that contained my new Insulin was gone and new rider sat there. I began to ask about the white plastic bag but of course no one seen anything. Bus driver overheard me asking riders about missing bag and inquired about the problem. So I told the bus driver that I am a Diabetic and in that white bag contained my medicine-Insulin and I really need it. So he reported to terminal supervisor and security that stood near by. They were laughing and very non caring about what I was going through. I told them this is not a laughing matter so I got off the bus , ended up looking through trash cans to see if bag had been thrown away. One security referred to me as talking shit, I asked for his name but he refused- I need my medication. I got back on bus and asked everyone to forgive me for holding up the bus but I am a diabetic and in that white bag that someone stole in my Insulin and I went all the went a long ways to get this medication. I let the new passenger now that I was not accusing her -she moved. They told me what to do at next destination- call police and have passengers searched. So I got to next destination and waited for many to get off and I looked again in the back by the bathroom and there was my white bag on the floor under a seat. I said here is my bag and it was tripped open. So I let a the riders on bus know that I found it and the bus driver which I showed him the little brown bag from pharmacy that contained my Insulin. One riders outside inquired as to if I found the bad and I held up bag and expressed thanks for the support. I wrote down details of experience and that helped me to calm down. I tell y'all I have never been through anything like that- I can understand somebody thought It was food in it but it was some nuts with cranberries, hair care products and medication-Insulin. I am okay now but I will make some phone calls.

Have any of you had experienced your Insulin been stolen even by mistake?

How would you feel when your personal and safety rights are violated in the midst of strangers?

I tell you for a moment I felt sucka punched! I thought ,OMG what am I going to do now when I am completely out of Insulin? Can I just call my doctor and ask for a replacement of Insulin because it was stolen and how long would it take? Or would I have to travel another 400 hundred miles to get more insulin?! Nevertheless I retrieved the bag and took Insulin when I got home at 3 a.m. this morning.

I thought is this something to share with the DC community! So i am sharing with you because I look everyday for chance to LIVE LIFE to the Fullest! I have to learn to share negative experiences as well as good experiences.
It is easy for me to keep up most positive outlooks but last night I was sucka punched but God helped me threw it and support from family and friend who picked me up from bus terminal this morning who is also Diabetics. It took me a while to settle down but I did!

Thanks for your support from any of you who choose to read my discussion!

11 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-02-13 22:19:41 -0600 Report

Hi Mrs. Dat!

I haven't been in touch with you in awhile. It's nice to run into you. But oh my gosh, what an experience you had. I am glad that you were able to find your bag, but so sorry you were treated this poorly by people that should have mobilized to help you. I can only guess what the stress must have been like.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope your week has been stress free!


jimLE 2013-02-13 09:39:15 -0600 Report

sorry to hear that happened to ya..and im glad you got it back…if it were me.i would of contacted the police right then n there seeing how the bus driver and bus station employes were out of line,and it apears they werent going to help insulin is yours and its needed.

manapua72 2013-02-13 02:03:07 -0600 Report

I once had my lunch box stolen out of the refrigerator @ work … Besides my lunch , it contained all my meds … I was angry … Never got it back … Yet that has been the only time … My wife once dropped a brand new insulin vial on floor , I was so bummed @ losing it ( vial shattered on floor ) thankfully I was able ti get more …

jayabee52 2013-02-12 18:09:29 -0600 Report

I am so sorry you went through that, Ms D!

When something like that happens to me, I tell myself that God has it under control and that He is schooling me for a future event.

Sometime I have a positive resolution like you did, other times I don't get back what I "lost", but I count it as something for which I am being prepared in the future.

Last night I "lost" my cell phone in the dialysis clinic. It was almost time for me to leave but fortunately I found it and was able to get on the paratransit bus on time, and actually get back home sooner. So what seemed to be a frightening situation for me, actually turned out for my benefit!


Ms. DAT 2013-02-12 18:18:25 -0600 Report

Hi Jay! Yes! I came to that understand that is only a test! I know that something can be left behind but when potentially stolen it is a violation!
I am glad you found your cell phone. WE need our communication!! Thanks for the support!

jayabee52 2013-02-12 18:31:36 -0600 Report

I had originally thought at first that my cell was stolen.

One of the thngs I must do before going on the dialysis machine is to weigh myself before so they have some idea how much water to take off. I can clearly remember setting my phone down on the ledge near the scale. The picture is so clear in my mind even today. So I thought I had left it and someone picked it up. Fortunately I had put the phone in a pocket I don't normally use and did not make a mental note of it.

There were 20 or so people there, and always someone coming and going for treatment. So during the course of time there were a lot of potential people who could have taken it. And it only takes one!

What a relief when digging through my pockets again that I finally found it!

Ms. DAT 2013-02-12 21:06:12 -0600 Report

Jay! Yes! I was relieved when I found my bag that contained the Insulin in it and it was removed from where I left it which was in my seat but I found it in the floor by the bathroom and I did not put leave it there! I have forgotten some things to and finally found it when I looked again. I will certainly do things differently next time I travel on the bus.

granniesophie 2013-02-12 16:46:54 -0600 Report

Some idiot probably thought there was money in it! I am so glad you found the bag intact, I guess whomever took it figured out it wasn't anything they could use. There is a limited call for insulin, it has little street value, so I imagine that they were disappointed and just left it, luckily for you. I am amazed at how much help our police and public figures aren't, considering we pay their salaries!
I am really glad this turned out okay for you :)

Ms. DAT 2013-02-12 17:57:00 -0600 Report

Granniesophie, Thank you! Yes it turned out okay! I just couldn't sit by and be passive and let someone take advantage of me even though the bag was mistaken for something else. They found out I was serious about what belonged to me when I held that bus up! I have already made phone calls on those public figures!!!

It's a good thing I didn't have any needles on me!

bamilne 2013-02-13 13:24:02 -0600 Report

If anything I had was that important to me it would not be left in a seat. It would go with me where ever I went restroom included. I keep my valuables with me at all times. I keep my insulin in a small metal type suitcase in my purse. Yesterday I ate at a smorgasbord type restaurant, when i went to fill my plate my purse came with me insulin inside and hung on my arm while I filled my plate. When I later went to the restroom my purse went with me even into the booth and hung on a hook inside. Always take your valuables with you. And insulin is one of the most valuable things we diabetics have.