Diabetes bloopers - Wednesday 5/11: Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong. But sometimes the things that go wrong aren’t stressful - instead sometimes they are downright funny! Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper - your “I can’t believe I did that" moment - your big “D-oh” - and let’s all have a good laugh together!!
When you come right down to it, I’m basically a living walking blooper - diabetes or otherwise. I trip, I walk into walls, I spill things on myself (and others!!), thoughts get lost in translation on the way from my brain to my vocal chords and come out sounding stupid or embarrassing. So yeah, I’ve got a few diabetes bloopers too . . .
- like the time I programmed my breakfast bolus, then decided I needed to check my tubing for air bubbles. I disconnected the pump and examined the tubing . . . . while an unknown amount of my breakfast bolus dribbled to the floor.
- or the time I was doing a pump site change and instead of pulling the protective cap off of the needle, I pulled the needle right out of the site. Yeah, kind of hard to insert the cannula without the needle!
- another time I inserted the site correctly, but pushed the button to fill the cannula before removing the needle. Don’t suppose much insulin gets into the cannula with the needle still taking up all of the space in there.
- how about the time that, in an effort to use new “real estate” for my CGM sensor, I inserted it so far on my back that I couldn’t reach around to remove the needle. Thank goodness my husband was home and got the needle out for me - otherwise I suppose I would have had to walk around all day with it sticking out of my back. OUCH
- of course, I’ve dropped my pump more times than I can count. Like really dropped it, with a loud THUNK as it hits the floor and then bounces around. Luckily it has survived each Death Drop.
- and I was a Blooper Pro long before I was a pumper. While on MDIs, I once (or more than once . . . ) took 13 units of Novolog (my short-acting insulin) instead of 13 units of Lantus (my long acting insulin). That’s the only blooper I still don’t laugh about, because that’s a very scary mistake.
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