Diabetes Blunders

My weekend ended up being full of diabetes blunders, specifically related to my pump.  It’s like I took a stupid pill or something. lol

First was Saturday night .. I had changed my pump Friday night (it had been in a thigh site and those don’t last as long on me- they burn and get a welp after a few days. Can’t stretch that one out nearly as long as I can my other sites) Oh where was I …  So Saturday night I noticed my tape was almost completely unattached. *sigh* I hadn’t used the IV3000 tape yet on this site .. because when I first put it on the night before, it seemed to be sticking.  But not anymore apparently.   So I put on the IV3000 Infusion Set tape … and thought all was well.  Except for the fact that I realized this problem during dinner .. and I got up from the table to fix it (put the IV3000 tape on it) and disconnected my pump.

I put the tape on it …. went to reconnect my pump and it was all wet. What the? I look at my screen and oops …. I was still bolusing for my dinner. 😦  I have no idea how many units I wasted, so I didn’t correct it.  Ended up being ok later and I didn’t have to correct. But it could have not turned out so well.

Then on Sunday ..  the tape was coming off again (the IV3000 tape) – this particular site was in my abdomen, which is where I have the majority of my tape issues.  I pulled the site (after having it in for less than 36 hours – urgh) and went to put it back in. I thought I’d try my back since I’ve never used it before, surprisingly enough.  I went in front of the mirror, put it in and it popped right back out – what the what ???


So I went to my hip which is always a good hold for me but there is SO much scar tissue there now – it’s covered in little knots 😦 I pushed the button and it popped back out, too!  What in the world is going on ???  Is my body saying, “No way lady, I’m done!” or something?

So I try one more time ……  but first I look really closely at the needle.

Oops. Next time I need to remember to peel the tape off of the infusion set before inserting it.   My bad. You’d think I was a newbie at this or something. Either that or my brain is on vacation.


About Shannon

I am a wife, a mommy, and a Type 1 diabetic (since '92.) I have had two successful pregnancies - one of which was with twins. I wear an insulin pump- - off and on since 1998, as well as the Dexcom CGM. I am not a medical professional, nor am I giving medical advice. I am just sharing my day to day stories of someone who lives with this disease every day. My ultimate goal is to raise awareness.
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4 Responses to Diabetes Blunders

  1. Scott E says:

    You know, after switching from the Silhouette to the Sure-T, I had an occasion to put the Sil in again. It had only been a week or so, but I completely forgot how to do it (and I’d been doing it for years!). It happens. I truly believe different sets work best for different sites, and it might be beneficial to have more than one type on-hand. I’d use the Sure-T in my back, but wouldn’t dare try the Sil there.

    I’ve also never used IV3000 on my sets. But I have learned not to put in a set after showering. As nice as those “Free showers” (no sets/CGM attachments) may be, my skin is just too moist to stick something on afterwards. It’s better to do it when my skin is dry.

    • Shannon says:

      I haven’t tried the Sure-T’s yet. The thought of the needle staying in doesn’t appeal to me. Even after reading yours and Sara’s rave reviews of it. 😉

      • Scott E says:

        Honestly, the needle is like a pen needle, only even shorter. There’s no teflon cannula around the outside, so the hole it makes is that much smaller, and the needle itself is much, much finer. I played hockey with a Sure-T yesterday, and honestly didn’t even notice.

        (Though, at Sara’s suggestion, I did cover the Sure-T with half an IV3000…. guess I need to correct what I said above… just for some extra reassurance in case it gets tugged). Give MedT a call and ask for free samples, can’t hurt.

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