had a bad day

By kimfing Latest Reply 2014-08-09 20:43:31 -0500
Started 2014-08-07 07:41:12 -0500

what a bad day bs wise. Been running high last about four days. Changed infusion set and insulin cartridge and did all the stuff i was suppose to do, even changed my carb ratio because post meal was the worst. Haven't changed what i eat or ate anything new. Last night i finally decided to move my infusion set to a new site. Before bed i was finally 90! Yaaa. Woke up this morning at 99, lets hope its all behind me!

Thanks for listening!

Have a great day

16 replies

Type1Lou 2014-08-09 17:43:28 -0500 Report

That can be one of the downsides of using a pump. Several weeks ago, I changed my infusion set/reservoir in the morning and ate the same breakfast I always do. Two hours later, my BG was nearly 300. I bolused again after verifying that insulin was coming through the tubing by using the "cannula fill" option on my Medtronic pump but by lunchtime I was still sky high so, I changed the whole infusion set/reservoir again and, low and behold, regained control. My cannula wasn't bent but I had developed a big bruise where I had initially infused and the insulin wasn't getting through. It reinforces for me the absolute need to check BG's regularly, particularly since I don't use a CGM.

kimfing 2014-08-09 19:57:01 -0500 Report

That's one of the reasons y i don't use canulas anymore. Too many alarms. I use steel needle better control. Im thinking my body is changing on me, hoping to get out of my honeymoon phase. The adjusted carb ratios and increased basal rates have help tremendously! I do check my bs on ave 8-9 times per day. I would b scared to do a cgm as i am absolutely obsessive over my bs :-)

Type1Lou 2014-08-09 20:29:10 -0500 Report

I average about 8 tests a day and would be lost without my meter. What's keeping me from trying a CGM is the out-of-pocket cost since my insurance doesn't cover them. I'm not sure I'd want one all the time but it might help me figure out what I need to do about Dawn phenomenon highs. One thing I do know is that our bodies are constantly changing and nothing is forever static. I find pumping makes it easier for me to adapt to those changes. Wishing you well!

Jeff82 2014-08-07 21:14:46 -0500 Report

I know the feeling a few weeks ago I had to changes sites twice in 72 hours for high sugars.
Yeah Gabby the pump infusion sites can be real tricky, sometimes a fraction of an inch can raise your sugars immensely. After a series of high blood sugars (like Kim spoke about) the infusion site can also be infected, which besides being painful, leaves quite a mark where it was inserted.

kimfing 2014-08-07 21:36:36 -0500 Report

I've seen my husband go thru this too as he's been on a pump 30+ years. He's dumbfounded how to help me. Im extremely sensitive to carbs and use very little insulin until now!

GabbyPA 2014-08-07 18:28:32 -0500 Report

That is interesting that a site would make a difference??

TLTanner 2014-08-07 22:37:11 -0500 Report

If you are close to scar tissue or in it, you won't absorb the insulin correctly. If while inserting the cannula it gets bent, even a little, you won't get the right amount of insulin. There are quite a few things that can go wrong. Heaven forbid if you do manage to get it into a blood vessel, capillary or even a vein!

kimfing 2014-08-07 22:51:38 -0500 Report

I actually cannot use the cannulas. For one, i work outside in az heat, sweat them off, went thru too many. Second, i had way less control, no body fat. Too many alarms. Would even alarm in the middle of a meantime bolus

kimfing 2014-08-07 18:34:04 -0500 Report

I thought i had it too close to belly button n thought i wasn't absorbing the insulin. But i don't think that was it cuz i had another bad day

jayabee52 2014-08-07 15:36:54 -0500 Report

Glad you figured out what was wrong, Kim!

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