when your diabetes technology fails. . . . . . .(sigh)

By roshy Latest Reply 2012-09-11 08:04:56 -0500
Started 2012-09-10 16:08:30 -0500

ok i havent actualy had a moan or rant in ages so im due one right about now so im gona explode!!!!

So started a new job today, its a live in residential care job which requires me to live in and be on call for 24/7. Being a type one diabetic insulin and supplies are always a priority so i packed a vial of the good stuff, extra tubing, canulas, and a pen incase. I even had a spare box of test strips in my bag. So with a suitcase of supplies packed i headed off to my new job knowing i wouldnt be home for 3 days. I get there at 10 am and decide to test my sugars when i discover i somehow forgotten my finger pricker!!! great. So now i have to resort to poking myself with a 8mm needle for the rest of my stay!! and yeah, ouch, its sore!! then my pump starts beeping this funny noise i never heard before , i read the screen and it said tech difficulty, battery error. So i removed the batt and then put it back in and the pump wouldnt switch on, it just keeps beeping!!! so im basicly fecked due to all my equipment malfunctions!!! in a way im lucky i have the spare needle but why does these things always happen to good people??? im dreading testing mys sugars for the mext couple of days, not due to the awful pain i have to inflict on myself im now pumpless!!! god i hope he works tomorrow with a new batt!!! cant imagine life without him!!! needles again. . . . . . . . NOOOOOOOOO!!!

Anyone have a similar story?? i need to remind myself im not the only one who has to go through things like this!!

3 replies

locarbarbie 2012-09-11 08:04:56 -0500 Report

Oh Roshy, it sounds like we are in the same line of business. I am a senior caregiver for a gentleman with Alzheimers. I stay with him 24/7 5-6 days per week. I feel as though I live out of a suitcase (well actually more like several hefty bags!!) It is mind boggling to have to remember everything…my diabetic kit ( just last week I realized that I did not bring test strips) my cell phone and charger, my e-cigarettes, chargers and cartridges ( I quit smoking over 1 yr ago, but would go nuts without the e-cig) inhalers and nebulizer solution, my pharmacopia of vitamins and supplements, my homemade lip balm and shea butter, a homemade concoction for a painful neck, pillow, changes of clothes, a pulse oximeter to have on hand if I get (yet again) another bout of tachycardia (racing heart, just last week was 180 for over 9 hours straight, with trip to urgent care while at work!) then there are the groceries I need to bring so I can stay on track and trying to remember if I still have enough stevia left or do I need to bring more, books, laptop, charger, mouse and wireless mouse stick thingy, and lavender essential oil in case I get a headache.
Then before leaving home, I have to remember to unplug the coffee pot, start the dishwasher if I had dirty dishes, take out the garbage, turn out all lights, water the plants, take care of any bills, pay my rent (must be in person and I am terrified that I will forget to pay in advance and remember on the day due only to be stuck at work!) turn down the thermostat, make sure windows are closed etc etc. Whew…I am tired just thinking about it!
Then when it is time to go home (home, what's that? which home?) I have to reverse the whole process and lug it back home, up a flight of stairs over and over only to realize that I have forgotten something at Toms! My tiny apartment now looks like a hefty bag explosion just took place and in the summer it is about 150 degrees that will take about a good 3-4 days before it is cool enough where I am no longer sweating and then it is almost time to go back to work. It is a window unit so no thermostat and takes forever to get cool. My last day at home before going back to work, I kind of start having panic attacks at having to do it all over again. The older I get, the harder this is to cope with.
I keep reminding myself that I am thankful to have a job. I am not affiliated with an agency, I am independent. The only reason I do the "live in" is because I can not afford to only make $8 to $9 per hour for a 40 hour week. If you count the fact that I am working 24 hour shifts, I make less than $5.00 per hour, but overall it is more than a normal job. And yes, at this position I do sleep ( my patient is not incontinent and does not wake me in the middle of the night). But I have worked for plently of clients that woke me every 40 minutes or so all through the night. I love my job, I love my job, I love my job!!!!

MAYS 2012-09-10 17:41:55 -0500 Report

Been there, done that!
As great as insulin pumps are, they can fail, although not as often.
I always carried a syringe in my medical emergency kit just in case of an emergency!