That’s a first!

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.  🙂



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 for 17 years; currently on the Medtronic pump and 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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1 Response to That’s a first!

  1. MelissaBL says:

    All too familiar. =\ Sorry for your leaker.

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