When you have a string of very high blood sugars one thought enters your mind, something is wrong with my pump site. I quickly took of the site and was not surprised when I saw a slight bend in the tubing. I quickly ran in to the office grabbed an insulin pen and looked for a needle to take some insulin. With no needle to be found I would have to go home. Luckily it was rainy and I have amazing bosses so I was able to sneak out to grab a new pump site. As I drove home I started to get upset, I never want to leave work because of my diabetes and today I had too. I should have checked my work diabetes cabinet and made sure I had enough supplies earlier. The cabinet is now full of pump sites, needles and pens. I never want to run out of supplies again while working.
The tough part would be taking enough insulin to fix the blood sugar of 427 but not taking to much so that I wouldn't be able to ride my bike home. As the day went on I started to achieve small victories, my blood sugar never went below 100, a good starting small victory. I would not take insulin with my lunch because I had taken 8 units to fix the high an hour before lunch, risky but that led to another small victory because my blood sugar was at 179 when I suspended my pump so that I could ride my bike home. The next small victory was a blood sugar of 177 at 330 when I was leaving work on my bike to go home. Those small victories brought my confidence back as I started to pedal. The day had brought a lot of challenges but by not focusing on the negative and setting small goals I was happy with the work I did to just get on the bike.
What I learned today was that the people I work with are amazing and very caring. One coworker let me use his car to run home to get my supplies. A few was asking question after question about how I felt, what I would do, and were both fascinated by the insulin jam that had formed in the pump tubing. Riding my bike home one of the guys I work with pulled up next to me as I was riding and challenged me to go as fast as I could up a hill. As I hit 20mph he started laughing and said "Holy s&#t you're going 20 up a hill, hit 40 on the way down!!!" As much as they all pick on me for shaving my legs and wearing white Team Novo Nordisk kits before memorial day they are good guys and do care. After all that I have dealt with when it comes to diabetes I will take all of there smart ass comments because at the end of the day they do care. That means a lot.
PS- If any of the guys read this I will get picked on relentlessly