Wednesday, April 9, 2008

What A Wednesday.

Before I went to sleep last night I filled a pump insulin cartridge for the site change I knew I would have to do as soon as I woke up this morning.
Well I woke up and found this: Diabetes 365 - Day 185a What I woke up to.
A knot in my tubing.
Accompanied by a 240mg/dL bloodsugar.
After snapping that picture I started my site change routine:
Put the cartridge in the pump.
While the rod was pulling the cartridge back, I IV prepped my new site and unwrapped the new infusion set. Let dry.
Secured the pump cap over the cartridge.
Screwed the old longer tubing from my last site on to the cartridge. (The set I was putting in had short tubing pre-connected inside the inserter.)
Popped the site in my left hip.
Sting!
I pulled the guide needle out and saw a tiny drop of blood. No problem.

Diabetes 365 - Day 185b I should have known.
I looked down at the tubing that is pre-connected to the site, it was filling with blood. Almost as if I was having blood drawn at the lab.Diabetes 365 - Day 185c
I steadied myself (have I mentioned my hatred for bleeding?), and got to work yanking the site out using a warm washcloth.
After I had the site out and stopped the bleeding I put some antibiotic cream and a Sesame Street band aid on it.
Then I started the site change process over again.
The next set seemed fine until a few hours later when my blood sugar was sticking around 250.

Thankfully when I started writing this I clocked in at 100 exactly.

What a day!

10 comments:

Araby62 said...

Oy, Jillian. Hope you're OK now.

Like the Sesame Street Band-Aid!

Allison said...

I was 100 mg/dl an hour ago too!! Woohoo!!

Kerri. said...

Oh Jillian, what a rough experience! I'm glad you're back in range, and hopefully you're done with the vampire ... everything. ;)

~Suzanne~ said...

OH my goodness! I think I might have passed out if I had seen that in my own tubing! EEK! Thank goodness for Sesame Street bandaids!!!

Jillian said...

It was definitely a rough one. Thankfully it didn't hurt on top of the excess blood. That would have been enough to send me to the floor.

Donna said...

Oh Jillian! Ouch!

But I think a fun bandaid like Sesame Street should help. :)

Colleen said...

As always, you're such a smart young lady - took awhile, but you figured it out and like a fun lady, used Sesame Street to make it more fun. You are amazing.

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Windy said...

Jillian that's crazy! I've never had the blood filled tubing thing happen in 9 years of pumping! You poor thing! Glad all is well now.

Naomi said...

Owie. That pump thing isn't always easy. Sometimes it wants to siphon out instead of pumping in!!