Pump Reservoir Revisited.
A few weeks ago, I was out to dinner with Chris and rang in at an excessively high blood sugar after taking part of my meal bolus. Wondering if my site was conking out, I rummaged through my bag to find my always-on-hand insulin pen.
Well, almost always-on-hand. This time, I had left it at home.
Never fear - Old School Syringe is here!
That experience pretty much encapsulates why I carry a syringe in my meter bag at all times. Here's how I bolused in a bind:
In the side zipper part of my OneTouch Ultra2 meter, I keep an unused syringe, orange cap and all.
Wearing my pump is like carrying a teeny little bottle of insulin at all times.
I unscrew the reservoir from the main housing of my pump.
Then I disconnect the reservoir from the pump tubing.
Using the syringe, I poke the needle into the spongy access point in the top of the reservoir.
And as though it were a bottle of insulin, I pull back a few units. After I inject with the syringe, I reprime the insulin pump to make sure there are no air bubbles stuck in the reservoir or the tubing, and I reconnect to my infusion set.
This little trick has bailed me out a few times and can also be used in a pinch if my insulin pump ever fails on me (or if my brain fails on me and I forget my trusty old insulin pen).
Over the last twenty-one years, I have seen plenty tricks of the trade. What have you come across?