Diabetes Bloopers- 2011 blog week- day 3

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2011-10-23 20:23:01 -0500
Started 2011-05-11 10:32:22 -0500

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!!

49 replies

MarkieMarkie 2011-05-27 10:43:10 -0500 Report

Well, mine was yesterday… I started the morning off with a very scary SL of 303 and my mind went, WOW… DANGER!!!! I had recently been to the doctor and was waiting on her to call in a 2nd presription for Glipizide (or a generic) that I could afford being that I currently have no medical insurance… anyway… I had talked with my boss about my high SL and let him know how high it was… I explained that I had not been taking my extended release medicine along with my Metformin… but the doctor had called me and let me know the newly lowered price med had been called into the pharmacy… well to my surprise, he said… Here's your paycheck… go get your meds… In the meanwhile, I had taken what meds I had available and forwent breakfast (which I know is a big bad NO); however, I was deperate to get my SL lower… At noon when I went to the bank to deposit and get cash back on my check I pulled into the drivethru and told the clerk… Geez.. I think I forgot what I came to deposit… so I pulled out of the drivethru line only to discover that I had put my check on the dash of my truck… so I whipped around and went through the line… he said… Back so soon… I smiled back into his little camera device and said.. You know… too much to do and not enough brain power to do it alll… I didn't really mean this as an actual fact, but when I got back to work… I took my SL and it was really low… I guess I was working on low brain power after all…

Anyway… when I thought about this later in the day.. I realized… lesson learned.. don't go without some form of breakfast… at least eat melba toast…

melissa5786 2011-05-27 08:22:20 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was trying to get used to a certain routine. I'd fill my syringe with the insulin I needed, put my meds near my meter, take out the test strip and then load the lancet. Well, three days in a row I went through 7 test strips each time I tested because I kept putting them in wrong! You'd think I'd learn after the first few times, but three days in a row!

I once accidentally took the circle that comes off the lancet with my acid reflux pills.

There was also the time that I dropped my insulin bottle on the kitchen floor. I watched it bounce across and just stood there in a panic. It didn't break! I was amazed because that thing really bounced and got some air!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-27 01:14:43 -0500 Report

I have never told any one before, but the other day when I was setting my lancet up to poke my finger I put the little round thingy that you take off the sharp end over next to my meds.
Guess what I did? I took it with my pills. It didn't hurt me because it was just the same size as one of my pills. But boy did I feel stupid when I realized what I had done.

AuntieBear 2011-05-15 00:32:04 -0500 Report

I can think of a few really major oopsies that I have done. The first oopsie was the time I accidentally ran over my purse which had my glucometer in it. The glucometer survived, my calculator bought the farm, but the glucometer survived. I have also washed my coat with my new box of test strips still in the pocket. I was so glad to find the Accu-Chek Aviva bottle are water tight. The last blooper I did was when I was trying to poke my finger and could not get any blood. After about 15 pokes, I realized I had no lancet in the shooter thingy.

MarkieMarkie 2011-05-27 10:48:42 -0500 Report

I've done that one before. But I don't think it was 15 times… maybe 16 or 17… just kidding… but I've done that before and had a great laugh at myself.

Dixiemom 2011-05-26 19:05:20 -0500 Report

Oh yes, I can relate, I get everything set up to stab my finger and end up shooting the air. Now I put the lancet against my finger, put my finger on the button and close my eyes. Bingo, it works.

GabbyPA 2011-05-17 13:20:17 -0500 Report

I love the last one. I have had to check that myself a time or two. Man those lancets are sharp!! LMAO

LabRat90 2011-05-12 09:38:25 -0500 Report

Not really a diabetes blooper but — When my kids were younger, I would get their ADD meds out when I was getting my meds out. One day I took one of the adderall capsules with my meds. Let's just stay I got a lot accomplished that day at work.

Guardianstone 2011-05-11 19:35:18 -0500 Report

One day knowing I would be out for 12+ hours, I put my full days meds in my pocket. I turned off my alarm in the doctors office, and forgot to turn it back on. about two hours later I started feeling ill, and noticed my phone flashing. OMG I missed my meds. I grabbed my bottle and downed most of it. I ended up with a mild od. Somehow I did the same thing the next day. I didn't remember taking my meds. I now check mark what and when I take meds. I also check the pill box twice before I take meds.
That was too big an oops. BP, Anxiety, depression, bipolar, migraine, pain, diabeties. 13 meds and I OD'ed twice in 2 days.

Harlen 2011-05-11 18:31:16 -0500 Report

trying to put the insert in withuot taking the cover off lol lol
Giving a bolus twice lol that was fun lol lol what do you do for that ???
I had a big candy bar lol lol
giving the shot for the food I was going to eat and then not being able to eat at all by the time I was able to eat I was down to 23 weeeeeee
This is just some of the dumb crap that I have done lol
life is good
Best wishes all

roshy 2011-05-11 13:16:22 -0500 Report

i was at my cousins 21st last month and when i arrived i felt a bit low!! so i took out the meter and as my brother saw me testing my sugars he asked

"roisin are you drunk?"

i answered no, im just low!

around 3 hours later le was looking over at me and asked another question

Roisin, are you low?"

I replyed no, im just drunk!!!

Was funny at the time!!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-11 15:57:06 -0500 Report

One thing I found is that alcohol can drop your BS very quickly in a short time.
1/4 cup of Vodka can drop my BS by over 100 points in an hour.

AuntieBear 2011-05-15 00:29:58 -0500 Report

I might keep that in mind for the next time I have a major spike. ;p

Dixiemom 2011-05-26 19:10:28 -0500 Report

Me too. Maybe that's why my numbers are low every Sunday morning as we have pizza and wine Sat. night while watching a movie.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-27 07:23:05 -0500 Report

Now pizza seems to spike my #'s, although my wife recently got a no sauce veggie pizza which was real good and the #'s held.

MewElla 2011-05-11 11:46:28 -0500 Report

After the first month of my diagnosis, I realized that I was quickly losing weight. Of course, my diet had changed big time and I was and still am, walking over 5 miles each day. I had bought prior to the diagnosis, a beautiful pair of shoes and usually did not wear them that often. I was going out for a special dinner and decided I would wear my new dress and shoes. Excitely, I put my new things on including my beautiful new shoes. As I walking into the resturant that night, my shoes just fell off. I had lost so much weight that now the shoes were too big! Never ever have I ever lost weight in my feet, but I sure did then and now this is a pretty common problem that I have…me and my shoes!!

Allhoney61 2011-05-26 15:40:40 -0500 Report

My shoes are loose now too but I haven't broke down and bought new ones yet. My mom gave me some shoes that were practically new and they were too small but my 10 yr old daughter can wear them. She's already in a ladies size 7.

nana cheryl
nana cheryl 2011-05-11 11:27:49 -0500 Report

I was baking a birthday cake for one of the grandchildren once and while putting the icing on I got some on my finger, I automatically licked it off. A terrible habit from my past that just came naturally to me. Afterwards I realised what I had done and just about had a fit over it. The girls scolded me no end over that one…LOL

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2011-05-11 11:12:28 -0500 Report

I have type 1 diabetes and use an insulin pump. I have realized that if I don't tuck the tubing in it has tendancy to get caught on things as I pass by. More that once I have been walking by a door and my tubing has gotten caught on the door knob and pulled the pump out. Even though it is unfortunate and embarrassing, the scene is pretty funny to watch I am sure.

MarkS 2011-05-27 10:02:31 -0500 Report

Well, I'm glad to hear that I'm not alone on that one. I've caught my tubing on door handles, bedposts, the arm of my office chair, and the gear shift on the center console of my car. And, of course, its at the most inopportune times - as in when I'm in a hurry and don't really have the time to change the insertion site. My new bad is knocking out my continuous glucose monitor insertion since all I can think about is the money getting thrown away. That ticks me off!

blueeyes33 2011-05-26 19:56:30 -0500 Report

I always wrap my tubing around my fingers and tuck it under my waist of my pants.I did the same thing.Your not alone LOL

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-11 15:52:11 -0500 Report

Especially when the pulled hose let all the air out of you and you went flying around like a loose balloon. The kids must have loved it! :)

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-05-11 11:12:17 -0500 Report

OK, this one is a little bit scary but because it turned out alright we can laugh about it now.

Years ago before the pump, my son was put on Lantus. Even though he was pretty young, he had learned to draw up and give his own shots. (He hates to let anyone else poke a needle in him. He'd much rather do it himself :-)

Well one night as we were all getting ready for bed, my son comes running in my bedroom and says "Dad, I accidentally just gave myself Humalog instead of Lantus!" (I think most of you know, but in case you don't: Lantus is a slow, time-release insulin that lasts for 24 hours. Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that starts working in 10 to 20 minutes.) Without some quick action, his blood sugar would plummet and he'd be in real trouble.

So we had to do some quick math to figure out how many grams of carbs he needed to eat right away to keep from having his blood sugar crash. It happened to be Christmas time and we had some (kid-friendly) eggnog in the fridge. My son loves eggnog and if I remember right, he had to consume some 80g of carbs that night. Most of it was eggnog :-)

Fortunately, we were able to stay ahead of things and he never dropped too low. So now we laugh about that night watching him chug eggnog.

blueeyes33 2011-05-26 20:01:05 -0500 Report

I have done that also! It was so scary i called the hospital to find out what to do.They said eat alot of protein (eggs,etc..) Oj too. I didnt get a wink of sleep that night.I am so glad i am on a pump now..hardley ever happens. Now that i said that..it will probley happen to me again.LOL

jayabee52 2011-05-11 18:18:52 -0500 Report

I did much the same thing to myself when "Jem" was with me. In the morning I used to draw up my insulin, 17 U of Novolog NPH. I then drew up Jem's (cause whe was blind) - 65 U of NPH and whatever the sliding scale of Novolog R was for the day. I injected Jem's dose into myself. Something didn't seem right and I discovered my mistake not long after.

A frantic call to the Kaiser advice nurse told us that I needed to consume a lot of carbs and test my BG#s every hour so I didn't go low. I got to eat & drink a lot of things which were normally no-no's . I made it through the day without much problem.

I volunteered to do it the next day, but was quickly rebuffed. I learned to draw up Jem's syringe and administer it to her first, before I did my own.

dietcherry 2011-05-11 21:05:00 -0500 Report

I didnt mean to laugh reading that but that was a blooper of gargantuan proportions!!!!!! Im glad youre okay! :O)

jayabee52 2011-05-12 07:10:51 -0500 Report

Yes it was quite a blooper, thank you for your concern. I think I learned a valuable lesson.

As you said Renee: "Good judgement comes from experience! And experience? Well, that comes from bad judgement!" I've made screw ups since, but haven't done THAT again.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-11 15:54:41 -0500 Report

Thanks a bundle John. I am just starting on the 2 types tonight, your "funny now" story is logged into my mind as a warning. Thank your son for being the sacrificial goat for me, so, hopefully, I will not have to learn the hard way.

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