Diabetes bloopers - Wednesday 5/11: Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong. But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful - instead sometimes they are downright funny! Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper - your “I can’t believe I did that" moment - your big “D-oh” - and let’s all have a good laugh together!!
It’s no secret that I don’t change my insulin pump infusion set sites by myself. This is what happened on a day when I thought I could “cheat” the pump.
I was pregnant with my second baby and running out of insulin in my reservoir. No problem, I can easily add insulin and change the infusion set later. I added about 40 units to the reservoir and put the reservoir back in the pump. Only I forgot to tell the pump what I was doing. The details are a little fuzzy. I don’t remember if I had a pump I was supposed to rewind first or what the deal was but in any case I never disconnected the tubing and basically shoved at least 20 units of insulin into my body when I put the reservoir in the pump.
Aw cwap! I suspended the pump so no basal rate would be delivered since I clearly didn’t need that anymore! I fixed my reservoir mistake, binged on carbs, and went to my Young Women’s planning meeting. One of the ladies brought doughnuts for everybody. Normally I would pass since I think doughnuts require far too much insulin for how not tasty they are. But I needed the carbs. I could feel my blood sugar dropping like a rock so as soon as the doughnuts were passed around I grabbed one.
My blood sugars were fabulous that day and I ate to my heart’s content, which is a rare treat for me since pregnancy makes me so insulin resistant. Every once in a while when I am changing my infusion set and the pump screen says DISCONNECT really big while simultaneously beeping I think of my diabetes blooper. My oh my! Pregnancy brain and a fear of pushing a button to shove a needle into my stomach, all dart like, to get the infusion set cannula in my body is not a good combination!