Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Revenge of the D-Supplies

I don’t know what I did to piss off my diabetes supplies, but for the past couple of days I would swear they’ve been conspiring against me.  Oh sure, they look so sweet and innocent, having a party in the supply drawer while waiting to be called into action.

Don’t believe it for a minute.  Those things are pure evil . . . and they are out to get me!!  It all started on Monday.   I changed out my site as usual.  I’d been seeing some less than stellar numbers due to that mean germ I mentioned yesterday.  But the sticky  high my meter showed all afternoon had me questioning the new site.  And when I touched it, it felt really sore.  So I decided to change it out.  I pulled out the site, checked it for problems - and as I determined that it looked just fine, my CGM blared out a fall rate alarm.  Grrr!!!  The site was great and I could’ve kept it in . . . if only my CGM had alarmed me 90 seconds earlier.

Unfortunately, this was nothing compared to what my D-Supplies had in store for me yesterday.  I woke up feeling better, had some breakfast, and got a workout in.  I bolused for and ate lunch.  As I was walking up the stairs to take a shower, my rise rate alarm sounded.  And as I disconnected for my shower, I found that my site was flapping around on my back.  The tape was only half stuck on, and the cannula was smashed flat against my skin instead of happily hanging out in my sub-"Q".  Nothing felt wet, so I was hoping my lunch bolus had delivered fine.

But apparently, it didn’t.  It took five hours of feeling like hell and three corrections to get back into range.  Not that I knew what was going on, because . . . . .

soon after I took the picture above, I headed out to the grocery store.  And  I caught my CGM on the steering wheel and ripped it clear out of my thigh!!!  I have NEVER accidentally ripped out my CGM.  And I think I’ve only accidentally ripped out my pump site once or twice.  And here they were, both pulled clean out within hours of each other.

I don’t know what I did to piss off my d-supplies, but I certainly hope their revenge is over.  I can’t take another day like yesterday.


  1. Ouch, they were being mean! I hope things settle down for you.

  2. Nooooooooo!!! I've never pulled a pump site on accident, but I did have my CGM knocked out once. I leaned against a door frame just wrong once, sort of scraping it right out. No good!

  3. You diabetes drawer is ALMOST as ugly as mine. Can't they make us some pretty supplies??


    I don't pump, so I can only IMAGINE how it feels to pull out a site. And it doesn't feel good in my mind. Bleck.

  4. Lost a pump site the first week. Don't laugh, I tried to push it back in... Didn't work.
    Never even thought I could knock out the cgm.
    You're really having too much fun!

  5. Oh, Karen. I hear your pain! When I started insulin through the pump, I pulled a site out by accident. Then, and I feel really dumb about this, I kept messing up site, because I was trying to pull the sticky off toward me, instead of away. A simple fix, right? I got so upset, and so flustered, I went through 4 setups before I saw what I was doing. I felt like an idiot, trying to explain that to Minimed. My relationship with supplies is finally evening out, thank goodness!

  6. Wow, it must be that kind of week. Is it National Diabetes Supplies Revenge Week? I have had to do 5, yes FIVE, site changes in the last 6 days. Of the 5, I have had 3 gushers/bad sites and of the 2 that were good, yup...those got ripped out by accident, twice in a row! I have been feeling like my supplies were revolting against me. I feel your pain!

  7. This is why I cannot change to a pump. In spite of reassurances by professionals, I know they ripped out and that totally freaks me out! Not that a pump would help much, but we determined I cannot stand the thought of a medical device taped to me or ripped out. You're very brave!!


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