Next Stop Onederland


How to Remain in the Mustard for As Long As Possible While Actually Trying to Do Things Right:1403027_10152908454719558_2890493560569176308_o 1. Dang, I’ve been correcting this high for a few hours now. It must be a bad site. Crap. Why didn’t we think of that sooner? Correct with syringe. Change site.

1.5. Hot diggity damn, it must be ANOTHER bad site. Correct with syringe.

1.75. Fern*. It must be puberty. Correct via new site.

2. At last. I knew this would all work out. (Content. Confident. Sleep.)

3. Fern it all. It must be a bad insulin cartridge. Correct with syringe with fresh insulin.

4. It must be a bad CASE of insulin cartridges. Correct w. syringe w. insulin from NEW box of cartridges PLUS change site. This could be the puberty-turns-insulin-into-water phenomenon I’ve read about on those nutty Facebook groups.

5. Of COURSE we figured it out. Next time, we’ll switch to a new box of insulin cartridges sooner—should we try to exchange the remaining bad cartridges at CVS? Or at least warn them of this faulty product? Eli Lilly’s proly gonna have to do a big recall. Begin dread break news to pharmacist.

10517316_10152797053434558_221504694741238346_o-16. [AT CHURCH.] From Sunday school building, Bubs wander into upper level sanctuary, sits empty pew, scans congregation below. Friend nudges, points Bubs is up there. Bigfoot sneak out of pew all slinky-like. But wearing (visually) loud pants. Climb rickety spiral stairs to upper level. But wearing (aurally) loud shoes. Congregants keep making eye contact: I like your pants. Finally reach face-neutral Bubs. Child so world weary. Flashes Dexcom, 367 double ups. Verio IQ: 383 mg/dL. Bubs yoinks up pants leg to thigh, grabs insulin pen out of kit, screws on pen needle, primes needle, injects 3.5u (3 for the extra 283 points, 0.5 for the double ups), holds needle in place extra extra long as if leaky dribble-backs might be problem. Good thinking. Good job. Stretches out in pew, head on lap.

7. Inject for lunch w. extra u’s for correction. End of post, 2pm, arrive Onederland**! 197mg/dL, straight arrow.

Was it

bum insulin?

puberty? (like this for YEARS?)

Could it be

something deeply wrong with the pump?

some other factor I haven’t heard of?

*I forgot to note that I got saying “fern” instead of “fuck” from Six Until Me. Probably also “the mustard.”

**I got “Onederland” from someone unknown on Facebook.

Capitalization to suggest hysteria comes from Writing Out Loud.



  1. type1dmom · November 16, 2014

    Personal opinion of mom with girl child similar in age to Bubs: PUBERTY. Said girl child HATES when I say this word. Aside: I find increased temp basal and/or extended/square wave bolus treats much better than straight up correction bolus to bring down those stubborn hormonal highs.


    • Katy · November 16, 2014

      But increase basal like…100%? Or like…10%? Because he’s had like…500% as much insulin as usual.


      • Katy · November 16, 2014

        ((promises not to sue if recommendation doesn’t work as planned, of course))

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      • type1dmom · November 16, 2014

        I usually start at +50% and see where it goes on dexcom. If no movement in 2 hours i crank to +100% and do correction as well with those temp basals. Somwthing about it being small amount over time seems to make it work more efficiently than a straight bolus. I also usually do it for 24 hours at a time and just watch dexcom for dropping #’s

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  2. type1dmom · November 16, 2014

    Of course I also do the normal troubleshooting stuff like doing a shot of correction to see if that works. If a shot of fresh insulin doesn’t bring her down though that is when I move to it being hormonal vs. bad site(s). I can usually tell because a dose of correction that should drop her like 150 pts only moves her like 10, if that. We go through this cycle every 4-6 weeks for a few days. Again, she’s a girl, and you can guess what that means.


  3. cbwinchild · November 16, 2014

    I’m so glad you’re writing. I meant to tell you that when I saw you! Thanks for the SHOUT OUT!


  4. gstabach · November 16, 2014

    From my untrained eye I think your graphing device is shot! xo


  5. StephenS · November 17, 2014

    For me, the ultimate takeaway is to never give up. Thanks for the lesson in perseverance.


  6. Linda · November 17, 2014

    If it’s hormones (sounds like to me) – I don’t know how it goes for males. But for me, when cycling still, there was a pattern tied to the cycle. I made 4 basal programs, each 20% (or whatever experience teaches) increased or decreased from “normal”, so 1) normal, 2) ^20% 3) down 20% 4) up to you, 40% up or down. Then, first weird number I correct, second I change basal to appropriate next program and so on till #’s smooth out. And don’t look back, only forward. It’s been 20 years of this for me now. Menopause didn’t dix it. Now I just drift around like a rudderless ship, no pattern basal wise. I can keep my A1C at 6.4 with this method. Again, dunno for males?


  7. Sharon Chrisman · November 17, 2014

    Dreadful days and nights. I’ve been told puberty teases (arrives abruptly, leaves abruptly) and then hits hard like a brick wall. We’re somewhere in between. We like doing square waves on nights like these because of the ability to cancel them. Poor bubs. He can’t have felt well that day.


  8. Brandy · November 17, 2014

    Maybe the onset of a virus? Has cold/flu season hit your neck of the woods yet?


  9. theperfectd · November 18, 2014

    I know what it was! Pick me! Pick me!

    ::wait for it::


    (But I do second puberty. Sorry.)

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