Diabetic Faux Pas
I’ll admit, I’m a bit lazy when it comes to changing my pump sets. Of course, I always change my pump set (it’s kind of hard to do a do-over when I’m RIPPING IT OFF MY SKIN) but I’ve been known to reuse my reservoir and tubing several times. I keep a plunger and cap around and I just refill the resevoir and then reconnect the tubing, prime and I’m good to go.
Well…. most of the time.
Today, I woke up at 426 mg/dl which I had a sneaking suspicion might happen because I also went to bed high and sometimes I think I’m coming down and I don’t. So I gave a correction bolus and slept a little bit more and then tested half an hour later and was 385. A little on the slow side for me (I tend to drop quickly). Then I tested an hour after that. 305 mg/dl. Definitely slow, but still, I was coming down.
I decided to work from home to give myself some time to recover. I had a turkey sandwich around 11:30 a.m. and gave myself a bolus for 40 carbs. About an hour later, I was feeling a little funny so I tested.
Sigh. Not again.
I gave myself an injection to quickly bring myself down, but I figured it was probably my set which had been a little ouchy since I put it in on Saturday. I figured it was just going bad quicker than I was expecting. As I changed my pump, I also decided to make sure I didn’t have any air in my tubing which occasionally happens – not often, but it’s been known to occur. As I put in my site, the pump clicked away on my dining table.
Nothing happened. Not a single drop of liquid came out of that tubing. Obviously, it was air. I decided to get my plunger and see if I could speed things up a bit. But as I started to unscrew the reservoir from the pump, I felt liquid where the tubing connected to the reservoir.
It was leaking.
There are so many times that I have random blood sugars happen that even though it was definitely a pisser that I was at 508 mg/dl, I actually felt relieved knowing that I had solved the mystery.
And yes, I will probably continue to reuse my tubing. I’m just going to be a little more careful and actually examine it each time to make sure it’s worthy of reuse.