If you are currently on the fence about going on an insulin pump, you probably shouldn’t read this post.
It’s not pretty.
After dealing with a pump on the fritz on Sunday and 48 hours of fighting my blood sugars with an inadequate back-up regime of Lantus and Humalog, I finally thought I had salvation in the form on a brand-spanking-new insulin pump delivered to my office this morning.
At lunch, I scurried home to put in a new set and moved my reservoir from my poor broken pump to my snazzy, non-scratched pump. I started to do the priming using a fixed prime – going oh so slowly at 10 units a pop – until I realized I should just rewind the pump and start the priming process from scratch.
I realized this while I was driving and thought, “Well I’ll just do this at work. Priming while driving is probably dangerous.”
When I go to work, I sat down at my desk, hit the rewind button, hit the prime button, listen to the whirling of its rapid forward motion until I hit a BEEP BEEP BEEP.
You’re new! You are not allowed to be broken!
Now, in the new pump’s defense, NO DELIVERY alarms are not usually caused by the pump. It’s usually caused by a faulty reservoir or a kinked set. So until I got home, I wouldn’t be able to fix this.
Which left me with this conundrum:
It’s 2pm. My Lantus is almost up (I took Lantus yesterday at 3pm). I leave work at 6pm and I should be home at 6:30 pm. I’m already wearing a new set. I really, really don’t want to deal with Lantus for another day.
What to do? What to do?
Well, I decided to stick with frequent testing and injections of Humalog. My blood sugars have already soared to 354 mg/dl but I just dosed myself with an injection of 8 units, so hopefully that’ll hold me (maybe) until I get home. I don’t want to overdose either, so I’m taking it slow and hopefully by tonight everything will be worked out.
But at the rate I’m going, who knows?