Kinky + High

Dogleg to the left. Pardon my manicure.

Does that tinge around the cannula seem excessive?

Diabetes Blog Week so interesting, fun but really get in way of Bigfoot complain. Barely keep eyes open for tiredness rant. This most recent showcase of exhaustion:

12AM 313 (correction)

1AM 337 (correction)

2:30AM 224 (correction)

4AM 212 (correction)

7AM 112

Why correction not work? Bigfoot Spouse change site 2:30AM. Leave old site in buns. Bigfoot just now remove. This cannula look OK? Little bit bloody. Dogleg bend normal or insulin-choking kink?

Visit swimming pool in afternoon. Pre-swim Bubs 311, but I feel low so Bigfoot not dare correct before swim–think maybe dropping? And maybe swimming accelerate drop? Run into Very Nice Friend, catch up on sideline bench/watch kids swim. Friend notice Bubs plug pump back in after swim.

VERY NICE FRIEND: Hey! Cool! What’s that?

BUBS: …

BIGFOOT: It’s an insulin pump

VNF: Oh, you’re so lucky! So you don’t have to prick your finger to check your blood sugar! That’s awesome. Wouldn’t you hate to have to get all bloody from a needle?

BUBS: …

BFOOT: He does have to check his blood sugar with a finger pricker. This just delivers the medicine. Because his body can’t make insulin, and he needs insulin to live. But he can still take it off while he swims

VNF: I love it. So that checks your blood sugar and does the insulin. That’s awesome!

I am enthusiastic about paper tape.

Initially, Bigfoot wish this a less nice person so could be delicious nail-spit mad when describe scene spouse later. But srsly, this person so nice. Even if VNF launch into adamant home remedy, probably not annoy Bigfoot. It the cheerful enthusiasm. Also, 2009 this VNF coincidentally in adjacent dressing room Savers when Bigfoot find exact copy of favorite pink Banana Republic corduroy pants (2003 edition?); VNF barely know Bigfoot but Bigfoot pretty sure VNF exit changing room stall for embrace + maybe VNF also lift Bigfoot off feet for twirl around celebrate pants.

Enthusiasm + empathy + ignorance = not annoying. (Corollary: enthusiasm + amazed by self’s own genius + ignorance  = annoying.)

On Chowhound there’s a brilliant description of the Whole Foods rotisserie chicken: “what a giant unsweetened Peeps would taste like”

After swim, 200-something. Give correction. After drive home, 117. Dinner, Bigfoot try trick Bubs into eat entire rotisserie chicken plus one carrot. After chicken legs/carrot want frozen yogurt. Then Bigfoot worry swim cause delayed drop, agree frozen yogurt. Then Jack exhume leftover eggplant grinder from fridge, agree let Bubs have part. Dinner = 46g carbs. That too much for Sam Talbot lifestyle, but rather small amount Bubs.

Whatever Bigfoot do, feel sure it wrong. This not low self-esteem. This Bigfoot way gently break it to diabetes. Relationship not working. Not want go steady anymore.

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10 responses to “Kinky + High

  1. No expert here, we don’t use inset like that. Just judging from numbers and the bend in cannula I suspect it was related to the cannula. If we have 2-3 highs in a row (depending on how high) we change sites even if it’s a brand new site. Because we never know if there is a blood clot, kink, hole, etc. and she isn’t receiving the right insulin. I will be interested to know what the doc says! It has happened more than once to us bad highs not correcting from bad site ( which oddly enough seems to take place in middle of the night! I think it’s a conspiracy! :0)

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  2. I am not sure, ours is the 6mm 90 degree inset (about the same size as your pic, if you were to cut the length to make it a circle)(live in the States, not sure if that matters) and we can order them in grey, green, blue and pink. they are round and in this circular insert casing (about the size of your palm in diameter), and you just pull back plastic tab on casing after you have the cartridge filled and skin prepped and place where you want the site to be and squeeze base for it to ‘pop’ into the skin and them pull the plastic casing away and the site is stuck in place. ( if that makes any sense!!! a pic would be perfect, I will post one on my blog here some time! haha). we have had a odd bend simliar to your pic only once, other times it was a blood clot or leak somewhere.

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  3. MelissaBL

    I’m the queen of kinks. If I have an unexplained high, they are almost always the culprit (see my Saturday dblog week post). I think my body not want go steady with subcutaneous insulin infusion sometimes. Sounds like you winged it okay!

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    • Thanks, it’s an honor to hear from the Queen of Kinks! Do you think there’s some better way to insert the thing? How do the kinks even happen? I can’t imagine bumping against a wall or chair or anything could do it. I’m going to try the straight-in kind instead of the angled-in kind. I think Animas sent me a sample pack of them. But I have to find them. And learn how to use them. And I am so lazy.

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      • iirc, they can get kinks if they hit some muscle when inserted, which doesn’t make sense if it was working properly for a while and then crapped out.

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      • you know what i’ve decided is the problem? B lets the pump HANG BY THE TUBING while he brushes his teeth! THAT can’t be good for the site. he has promised to stop. we’d had quite a few bloody bent ones in a row. don’t you agree that it probably the cause? for a site that works, then doesn’t work?

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      • i don’t know what most of your abbreviations mean, but then the meanings come to me later in the day. or is iirc an exclamation like errrrrrk–i threw up a little bit in my mouth.

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    • Also, Melissa, I don’t remember which is your blog and there’s no link–and I’m DYING TO READ IT!

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  4. SRSLY! 😉

    the tinge around the cannula does not seem excessive, and the dogleg is on the border of what i might consider full kinkage.

    who’s the genius that came up with a chronic condition that has 8,000 possible variables which are multiplied exponentially by the medical devices used to treat it? COME ON. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VGuYN8NOSI)

    VNF seems so VN indeed! glad her demeanor allowed you to continue to smile and have warm feelings while explaining things. i find that is actually the MOST common misconception by friends/acquaintances about the pump: in their minds it’s basically an artificial pancreas and it removes the need for fingersticks as well as any sort of mental acrobatics to determine proper insulin dosages.

    i was very tickled by your savers dressing room experience and wish they had a savers in my town.

    L’s lifestyle also falls more in line with bubs’ carb intake than talbot for sure. i think that’s perfectly appro for kids with d, at least for my kid anyway.

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