That was the week that was

That Was The Week That Was was a television show on the “telly” when we lived in England many long years ago. The title has stuck with me – who knows why – but I thought about it after our wonderful week of
d-blogs courtesy of
Karen. Thanks! Karen!!

I’m repeating myself but – bear with me, please. The DOC is a fabulous group of people who take the time to write about their own diabetes experiences. I honestly do NOT know how I would survive without the knowledge that I’ve gained by reading blogs.

Last weekend, I did the whole set change thing on the Ping with a new bottle of insulin. All set, right? Well, no. The magic number kept creeping upward (at one point I hit 386 – I have NEVER hit 386!) and I kept correcting. Monday wasn’t any better and by lunchtime I thought – hmmm, maybe there’s a kink in the cannula?? So I put in a new set. Old set looked fine, no blood, no bends. Not much improvement through Tuesday, I’m barely eating and very frustrated. So that afternoon I left work early and changed everything again and started ANOTHER NEW vial of insulin. Within 30 minutes, it dropped 30 points and continued through the evening. Since then, all has been back to normal. I wasn’t sick. I’m beyond PMS. I was flummoxed!

I would not have stayed so calm if I hadn’t know that s**t happens and we deal with it. You’ve all taught me that – so thanks!

Is there such a thing as “bad insulin?” It’s been in the fridge since I picked it up at the drug store. We haven’t had any long power outages so – fridge has stayed cold. One vial – down the tubes, I guess… as there’s no way to prove that I stored it properly.

Tomorrow night, our Ping support group will learn more about the Dexcom. It’s fun to meet with this group and learn even more. I don’t know that I need a CGMS – it would be nice but I’m not sure I want to poke still another hole in this aging body of mine. But, it would certainly be a helpful thing to have, maybe?…

5 thoughts on “That was the week that was

  1. I've never had a bad bottle of insulin, but I know it does happen. How do I know? I've read it on other diabetes blogs!!! Sounds like that is exactly what happened with yours. Who knows why. I guess somewhere along the line before it got to you, something went wrong with it.

    Your pump group sounds great. 🙂 Even if you don't need a CGM, I think it is so great that you'll get to learn all about them. Enjoy!

  2. I have had a “bum” bottle of insulin. I went through the same reasoning…was it poorly stored, past expiration date, etc. Answer to all those was no, so I just logged it as “one of those things.”
    Glad you had different insulin to switch to.

  3. I have to agree, just knowing that these things happen to others makes all the difference in the world. It's still stressful, but a little less so. I hope the DexCom meeting went well. 🙂

  4. Egads! Not only must you pump, you have to learn a whole new language, don't you?! Support groups can never be overrated. I've learned that the hard way!

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