I drove 2.5 hours on Friday to visit old friends for the weekend. On the way down, I stopped at an outlet mall to finish some Christmas shopping and lost my OneTouch UltraLink meter in the parking lot…didn't notice that it had fallen out of the car until before dinner at my friends. Luckily, he's diabetic so I was able to use his extra OneTouch UltraMini to test my BG's while there. OK, I'd anticipated having to do an infusion set site change for my insulin pump on Saturday and had packed my insulin, my reservoir and my infusion set. When Saturday evening rolled around, I realized I'd forgotten the "Quickserter" device that helps insert the infusion set. I decided to try to insert the new infusion set without the device and it seemed to go very well. I went to sleep with my BG @ 116 before the infusion set change. By 3 am, I was over 200 and by 7 am, I was over 300. Obviously, I wasn't getting any insulin. I had not brought a syringe with me so I couldn't just inject and it was Sunday morning so the pharmacies didn't open until 9 am. I decided to hit the road back home right away and left right away (Not the wisest decision). I did make it home (barely) around 10 am and changed infusion sets using the "Quickserter" and slept away most of the day since I felt crappy. The cannula of the set I had inserted manually had failed to penetrate the skin. It wasn't until today, Tuesday, that my BG's are back where they should be. How could I have been SO STUPID!
From here on, I will have an extra meter in my car and always carry several syringes with me at the very least when I travel away from home. I am also considering purchasing a second "QuickSerter" since I shouldn't leave home without it!
The good news is that LifeScan, the OneTouch people, is sending me a new meter which I should receive later this week. Meanwhile, I have a OneTouch UltraMini that uses the same strips as the UltraLink meter.
I'm glad I made it home without hurting anyone and am feeling back to "normal" Happy Holidays everyone!
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