I am certainly a creature of habit and take comfort from having a plan, a back up plan and a back up – back up plan. I was diagnosed Type 2 about 5 weeks ago and entered into this new world of exercise, food restrictions, insulin and a rigid time schedule for everything. I studied very hard to get as much as I could worked out as quickly as I could. I felt comfortable that things were on track, and I had most of the kinks worked out of my new routine. Even at 5 weeks – I realize now – I was growing complacent. Things were becoming routine and my hyper-vigilance was relaxing.
Then a bizarre, probably once in a lifetime, thing happened to me which reminded me I’m fighting for my life here and while I don’t need to be as frightened and freaked out as I was in the beginning, I still need to keep my eyes open and pay attention.
I was screwing the needle onto my flexpen and kept feeling a little prick on my thumb. I though the machine must have cut one of the plastic grips on the cover of the needle wrong. That’s what it felt like, a little pressure from a sharp piece of plastic. After the pen was assembled and I removed all of the plastic coverings, I realized this needle was defective. The needle was bent and actually poking outside the plastic cap. I got a few slight pricks, but one did draw blood from this needle that was both defective and unsanitary. Who knows what kind of germs it may have had on it since it was no longer in its sanitary, safe environment.
I’m not freaked out. I’m sure everything will be just fine, but it pointed out that I need to pay closer attention. I need to inspect each disposable item each time I use them and if anything seems “different,” I need to take a second and check it out instead of assuming all is well. And although I have learned and read TONS of stuff these past 5 weeks, things change from day to day. This education about my disease will never be completed.
I must stay focused and pay attention and – well – never get complacent.
I’m not sure this is a “discussion” item, but it might help someone so I am posting it as a discussion. If there is a more appropriate place for it, please let me know. Love to you all!
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