Perfection – certainly not a word used when you’re dealing with Diabetes.
Back when I first started pumping, I put the “change inset” schedule on my calendar. Because, you know, you change it every 3 days and that would remind me in the morning to change the inset and fill a new cartridge before my shower – every 3 days.
And I’d read where people’s pumps would run out of insulin. And I’d smugly think, “Well, if they’d just schedule it like I do, they wouldn’t run out of insulin.”
And then – a doorknob happened – or a kinked cannula happened – or life happened. And that 3 day schedule – down the tubes. At first I’d readjust the calendar schedule after the mishaps.
But now? I gave up the calendar scheduling. (Try not to laugh…)
I use a cartridge down to the last drop because – I forgot to change my inset/cartridge that morning.
Or even more annoying – will finishing showering and dressing for work, only to figure out there’s not enough insulin to last through the day.
Or – exasperating – get ready to eat lunch at work and find out I don’t have enough insulin for lunch.
Yes, I carry an insulin pen for those times. I even have needles for the pen! (I forgot needles one trip.)
But I smile when I think of how “smug” I was years ago. And I’m grateful that I never expressed that smugness on a blog or anywhere else.
PS – Animas Ping Pumps play Für Elise when you are close to running out of insulin. Driving yesterday and listening to the radio, Für Elise came on. I shut off the radio!