That experience was heinous but mercifully brief.
I could not have predicted how new and freshly horrible everything about diabetes would feel with this pump change. Everything was bad, all at once.
Yesterday and today, every time B ate, he’d be high. And not just high like a spike, but high like HIGH: too high to name a number. And the number would not go down post-correction bolus.
And our ketone meter was saying E-2 to our strips. And then–fern it all–our backup ketone meter said E-2 too. I didn’t bother looking up what an E-2 is. I am pretty sure it means you’re terribly unprepared.
We stayed up all night, watching the Dexcom and pondering these questions:
Does bolus in t:slim world not mean “hit of insulin”?
Are we inadvertently canceling the boluses we enter?
Is the cartridge not filled correctly?
Is Bubs allergic to the Cleo sites?
Is there a leak?
Is the thing I think is a set of souvenir t:slim keychains actually an integral piece of the system?
Paranoia set in: is the pump in an evil “training mode” that only a CDE with access to a secret code can deliver us from?
What should we read?
What videos should we watch?
I think the problem was either that I had pushed the needle into the cartridge gasket too far, that I hadn’t checked carefully for bubbles, or that I had not thrown a big enough hissy fit. Not meeting with a pro trainer may also have played a role.
This afternoon, I filled a new cartridge, verrrry carefully. Now the pumping is A-OK.
Thank you and good night.