One of those “this has never happened before” moments happened the other night.
I was getting ready for bed, around 11pm.. and I had my site in my backside/hip area. I had gotten a Low Reservoir error a little while earlier and honestly took the “lazy” route because I didn’t want to change my site right before bed, so I opted to add insulin to the reservoir and planned to change the site the next day.
No such luck.
As I was getting ready for bed, I reached back and touched my site (I do this instinctively to check the tape, etc.) and it was damp. Huh? I start thinking that I must not have screwed it back on all the way .. but wait, I didn’t disconnect. Not since my shower that morning. Hmm. What could it be then? And now that I am thinking about it .. my sugars had been running a little high (200ish) for a day or two, but I also hadn’t been making the best food choices, so I’d chalked it up to that.
I go in front of the mirror and the tape looks fine. Snug as a rug. But by now it’s obvious that I’m leaking insulin. I can smell it and it’s still wet, which means it’s still coming out.
Time to pull it. Ugh.
I reach around and pull it out … and see this:
What’s odd (to me) is that the site hadn’t been painful. Usually if I’m in a bad spot (aka a bleeder), it’ll burn and feel bruised, almost. But this was obviously a bad site.
A problem with putting my site in my backside is that I can’t see it as easily as I can if I were to just say, look down at my abdomen, or my thigh. ‘Cause if I could have, I’d have clearly seen there was a problem –
I checked my BG and it was 268. Yikes. I also had 8ish units of active insulin still on board. But realistically, I have no idea how much of my last bolus I had actually gotten (with the leak and all) so I let the pump dose me for that correction, assuming I had all 8ish of those units .. and went to bed.
Now the SMART thing to do would have been to set an alarm to wake up in 2 hours to check my BG again… But instead, I didn’t and I woke up at 5:30 to this –
Drank a juice box and tried to go back to sleep, with no luck. But when I did finally got up a little while later, I saw 110 on my meter and all was well with the world again. Well, at least in my household. 🙂