Survived my stupidity!

Type1Lou
By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2011-12-19 11:34:37 -0600
Started 2011-12-13 16:09:28 -0600

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!
Lou


35 replies

lacat87
lacat87 2011-12-18 11:09:40 -0600 Report

Please don't beat urself up! I'm sure many of us have done something comparable to what you did. I know I did. I was in TX for my brother's funeral and thought I brought enough insulin to tie me over, but I didn't. Had to use a local pharmacy which I use at home to get more. Dumb me, right? Learned my lesson for future travels. Happy you made it home. Merry holidays to you! And wishing all of us a better Diabetic year.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-18 23:03:06 -0600 Report

Thanks Laura! Wishing you the best of everything this holiday season!
Hugs,
Lou

lacat87
lacat87 2011-12-19 10:48:34 -0600 Report

You're very welcome, my friend. Feeling better about what happened to you?

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-19 11:06:58 -0600 Report

Yes, I'm getting back on track. Seeing the endo again next week for pump tweaking and getting help with other areas of upheaval in my life right now. Thanks for asking!
Lou

TsalagiLenape
TsalagiLenape 2011-12-18 09:36:54 -0600 Report

Glad to hear you are doing ok. One of the basic things I personally do whenever travelling is to have my basic med pack ready. Its within reaching distance when I am driving. So if I have to pull over I can and do what is necessary. This is something I always did for camping and etc. Plan ahead for if you fail to plan you plan to fail. So remember this is important and put your supplies in a zip lock bag so if anything explodes its contained. Keep several extras in different bags. I just wished there was a way to be able to mark our vehicles of our Diabetes. Just a thought. Hugs Merry Christmas

lacat87
lacat87 2011-12-18 10:57:09 -0600 Report

That's a fantastic idea of iding. our cars of our diabetes. There are so many other kinds of magnets out there, this should be one of them.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-18 10:29:29 -0600 Report

Thanks Terri…I have been a bit ditzy the last 3 weeks and am taking action to deal with some upheaval in my life right now…so having a "kit" is a good idea.
Wishing you the best of everything this holiday season!
Hugs,
Lou

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser
Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-12-15 06:36:30 -0600 Report

Lou, glad the out come led to a educational experience only, it shows that no matter how well we think we are prepared, the out of ordinary gremlin will sneak up and bite us in the~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tom.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-15 15:03:51 -0600 Report

You are absolutely right! I like to think of myself as a pretty savvy PWD but I've been humbled by this experience. I wanted to share it and have been encouraged by the support received from the DC Community. We are NOT alone!

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-12-15 00:35:53 -0600 Report

How harrowing for you!
The stress to say the least!
Of course you will think to be prepared next time
after going through all that!
I am glad you made it home!

Merry Christmas Lou!
We only have one of you, so take care of yourself
You're irreplaceable, You know!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-15 15:05:43 -0600 Report

Thanks for the encouragement Christy! It is especially meaningful right now to me. Wishing you and yours the best of Holidays and super BG control in 2012!
Hugs,
Lou

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-13 19:05:46 -0600 Report

Settle down!! You are not stupid!! My goodness, it's called being human! I know it bites sometimes, but it happens. Don't bet yourself up so bad. Now you are going to take steps to make sure this is not an issue in the future. Now, if you do it again, I don't know…JK!! Life happens. We deal and we move on, what ya gonna do! Beating yourself up will not do you any good!
Just glad you are doing better now, and we are glad you are back!
Blessings Friend,
Mickey

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-14 15:59:04 -0600 Report

Thanks Mickey! It certainly was a learning experience and one I hope never to repeat!
Hugs,
Lou

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-12-14 18:18:51 -0600 Report

As frightening as that was it is great that you share it, as you may help another one of us from doing something similar. It is life, it does happen. Be very glad you lived to tell the story. I know we all are!!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-15 15:08:03 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Gabby! Wishing you and yours the best of holidays and great BG control in 2013!
Hugs,
Lou

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-16 08:47:34 -0600 Report

OOps…I have been rather scatter-brained lately…lots of distracting personal stuff happening. Thanks for setting me straight!
Hugs,
Lou

Caliafiosgram62
Caliafiosgram62 2011-12-13 18:33:09 -0600 Report

I had the same sort of thing happen to me once. After changing my infusion set I inadvertently threw the inserter out with the rest of the wrappings (I think) When it came time for the nest change, there was no inserter so I had to wing it. After about three tries - and three different infusion sets, I got one in the right way enough to make it work. You can bet that I ordered a new inserter and got it shipped ASAP. In fact now I have two just in case… But in the meantime I went over 400 before I finally got one to work.

Monique R
Monique R 2011-12-15 10:43:05 -0600 Report

I can understand that and I have done that to. I had to go through the trash b/c I was not covered but I have been thinking of getting a second one just in case. That is a great idea.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-14 16:02:18 -0600 Report

First thing on my to do list will be to log onto Medtronics site and order a new Quickserter. I'm glad I called LifeScan about the OneTouch UltraLink meter replacement since Medtronics would have charged me $86 to replace it. I've found that most meter manufacturers will replace a meter at no charge because they want us to continue using their strips.

Caliafiosgram62
Caliafiosgram62 2011-12-14 17:53:15 -0600 Report

I know what you mean. Last year I had quite the string of really bad luck. First my meter died and then within the week my pump died. But both were replaced - the meter by Life Scan and the meter by Minimed. It was quite an experience. And in the middle of that, I had a Dr appointment - couldn't give him any information at all. Oh well, learn by experience.

roshy
roshy 2011-12-13 17:26:38 -0600 Report

ahhh!! the best gift life can give you is experience!!!!
hey, These things happen to us!!! at least now you have taken something from it and now youll be fully prepared next time something like this happens!!!! its not fair that we have to learn the hard way is it????? . . .. . . . . .

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-13 18:05:37 -0600 Report

Roisin There was a American humorist, Will Rogers, based in OKlahoma who said something like that: "There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. ——-

The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-13 17:44:10 -0600 Report

Your post (from last week was it?) where you had detached from your pump while sleeping came to mind as I was experiencing the effects of insulin deprivation. I was surprised at how quickly the lack of insulin affected me and at how long it took to get the BG's back on track…a bit of a "wake-up" call and I hope never to experience this again! I know I will not change infusion sets without the "QuickSerter" device.

roshy
roshy 2011-12-14 15:09:29 -0600 Report

i know!!! i had to scrape my jaw off the floor when ii realised how high it went in such a short space of time!!! i defo learned the hard way that day!!!! a big woooopsy experience!!!

Young1s
Young1s 2011-12-13 16:42:21 -0600 Report

Oh my goodness. You're not stupid in the least. It was just a string of unfortunate circumstances. I'm happy to hear that you made it back okay and you are feeling yourself again but Wow. That could have gone wrong on so many levels. That sucks that you had to learn that the HARD way. I hate to say it but thank goodness that your friend is a diabetic too, so you were able to at least stay on top of your BG levels. I take it your trip was cut short because of this. Were you still able to enjoy the visit somewhat? Here I thought I was doing good to carry extra strips, lancets, wipes, etc…but they're all in my kit. Never even considered the posibility of losing the kit itself. Hmm.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2011-12-13 17:24:35 -0600 Report

I did have a lovely visit with my friends. We had all worked together for many years and are now retired. I had planned on coming home later on Sunday so lost the last few hours of the visit with them. I had planned to stop at the outlet mall on my way back to see if they had a "lost and found" and whether someone might have found my meter and turned it in…although, I think it's more likely that it got run over by a car. Anyhow, it was too early and I headed straight home. In retrospect, I could have left the existing infusion set in and, without eating, I had enough insulin left in it until about noon Sunday…it's always easier to look back after the fact and say, "That's what I should have done!"

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-13 16:49:23 -0600 Report

I would feel that I would be stupid if driving while that high. Driving while impaired.

Young1s
Young1s 2011-12-13 17:22:30 -0600 Report

While I agree James, but hind sight is 20/20. I'm sure all that was on her mind was to nip the problem in the bud before it got worse. I bet that lapse in judgement won't be repeated. At least I hope not. Live and learn.