Stubborn Kerri vs. The Infusion Set
Warning: The following is sort of a gross post. A "grost."
I am so sorry to gripe, but diabetes is chewing happily on my last nerve at the moment. After peaking and plumeting all day long for the past two days, I finally pulled the infusion set in my leg out to be greeted by spurting blood and a cannula clogged with blood. Disgusting, but helped explain why maybe my insulin wasn't being absorbed in a timely fashion.
After mentally chastising myself - "Kerri, next time don't be so damn stubborn and just pull the set." - I hopped in the shower for a nice, infusion-free shower, where the shower pouf doesn't get caught on the pump cap and I don't have to worry about catching my razor on the gauzy edges while I shave my legs.
Ah, nice. Warm, clean ... feeling better.
I settle down at my desk to put in a new set. Fill the reservoir, prime the pump, wipe an IV prep over my right thigh in preparation for the set, and load the Quick-Set into the Quick-Serter.
Holding the insertion device against my thigh, I press the buttons and the spring-loaded device clicks forward with a distinctly dragging shunk.
"What the hell?"
I try and pull back the Quick-Serter to see the set only to have it resist. The infusion set sticky tape ended up stuck on the insertion device. This is what I saw:
Stubborn as always, I refused to pull the set out and use another one. Damn it, I was going to make this work. I pulled back the needle and gently pried the Quick-Serter away from the edge of the set. Eventually, it gave way with a fluttery bandaid sound and I quickly pressed the sticky edges against my thigh, hoping they would stick.
Stubborn Kerri: 1
Infusion Set: 0
I wasn't sure if the site was working until I woke up this morning at 40 mg/dl and had to ask Chris, in that ethereal "dead" voice I apparently speak in when I'm low, to please get me some juice. Now I feel like I've been hit by a truck filled with penguins, who are all carrying suitcases filled with bricks. Because that makes sense.
Bouncing Blood Sugars: 1
Stubborn (Tired) Kerri: 0, for now
Here's hoping that diabetes lays low for the weekend. (And not the hypoglycemic kind of low, you pun-filled Faithful Readers.) Have a good one!