Today my insulin pump site gave me a run for my money. Just after lunch my midsection became very itchy and I felt my pump site and I felt that the site was very loose. The needle was still in but that was it, it was no longer stuck to my midsection. I had a decision to make, with a blood sugar that was in range I decided to try something that would be very risky. I would take two units of insulin from my humalog pen, I was unsure of just how much insulin I had in my body, the three units would cover me if I did not receive my lunch bolus. I hooked up a new insulin pump site and took two more units of insulin from the pump. Was this crazy?? Maybe, but from years and years of using an insulin pump I know that when I setup a new site it takes me a couple of hours for the insulin to begin working properly. I was banking that the insulin from the pen would take care of everything and once that wore off the pump would be ready.
An hour later my blood sugar had gone up and was higher than the normal range. I went on working knowing that this would happen. Looking at my CGM a half hour later my blood sugar had returned to its normal range. This was sooner than I had thought, I quickly headed in and grabbed an apple juice and some fig newtons. That would keep my blood sugar level, as the three units and any insulin from the pump worked. My blood sugar would stay in range until 5pm which is my normal dinner and lower than my normal range blood sugar time.
Today was one of those days that tests me as a diabetic. What I did is not normal and I do not encourage others to try it without knowing how their bodies will react. Diabetes is a very unique disease from person to person as always what works for me may not work for you. Speak with your doctor and to achieve the best results for you. This post was written to show that diabetes is challenging day in and day out and sometimes throws us big curves.