This morning I had the “pleasure” of changing the site of my infusion set. Can you appreciate the sarcasm? Yeah, one poke every 3 days is better than 3 pokes daily, but it still hurts – especially if you hit a capillary underneath your skin! Ouch!
Anyway, today I changed that bad boy. I had to attend a training class for my job so I made sure that I brought my glucometer and some snacks so my head wouldn’t hit the keyboard….
During the class my stomach felt a little “off” so I thought it might have been the stale coffee I drank a little earlier. During our break, I tested my blood and it was 268. Not necessarily too worrisome but I set my insulin pump to give me a bolus (mealtime/snacktime insulin) and ate the animal crackers that I brought with me.
When I was let out of class around 10:45 am, I prepared myself for lunch since I would immediately be eating it when I got back to the office. 335! Whoa! What happened? Again, I set my pump for my “normal” lunchtime bolus of 75 carbohydrates since I normally eat the same thing for lunch everyday during the week.
Fast forward 3 hours to approximately 2:00pm. I felt a little loopy, out-of-sorts, spacey. I tested my blood and it said that my sugar was 47. Holy drop! I quickly went and grabbed orange juice and crackers and hoped for the best. As I write this, my sugar is now 78 and where it should be, but what a scare! I will have to now test about once an hour until I eat dinner tonight and make sure I can make it through my graduate class this evening without any of my classmates or professors calling 911 or doing CPR.
The moral of this story: this is something that I probably go through almost every single time I change my infusion site. Just another something diabetics go through….and completely “normal” at that (as normal as normal can be).