Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I have read on other blogs, at other times, about people becoming "detached" from their pump. Taking it off to try on clothes and forgetting to reattach. Or having a site just not go on correctly. Well, it was my turn on Sunday.
I have ripped out a site before. But I've never had one not attach. I was running late on Sunday morning (too much lazing around!) and was in a hurry when I got out of the shower and started getting ready. I reattached my pump and threw on a skirt and shirt and headed to church.
I always check my pump a few times during church. I held stead around 100, according to the CGMS until about time to leave church. I looked down and saw my blood sugar was rising. By the time I got home and looked again, I had shot up to 189. This was in the span of about 30 minutes. I quickly changed clothes and noticed that my site was not hooked up completely. I'm not sure when it happened, but when I checked my blood sugar, I was 240.
I made sure I was firmly reattached and gave a correction bolus, but was still shocked at the rapid change in my blood sugar levels. I checked my clothing and my site. It wasn't wet, like it had been unhooked for a very long time, but it must have been for my blood sugar to shoot up so quickly.
If you have become unattached before, how long was it before your blood sugar started rising?


Jill said...

OK...so does this little pump have a name yet? :D LOL! I've been waiting to see which one you choose!

Cara said...

Friday Jill. :) And unless someone comes and votes differently, it looks like it's gonna be Lola. :P
This is exciting. :)

Bernard said...

Isn't it strange how missing some bolus insulin (let's guess it was around 1 unit for you) can have such a profound effect. And that fixing the high takes more insulin than the amount of bolus you missed.

I wonder why that is.

I once forgot to reconnect and missed doing this for maybe 2 hours. My blood sugar was close to 400 by the time I noticed it.