Cold Sting of Insulin.
I have had plenty of infusion sets that don't hurt. I wipe the site with an IV prep wipe, load up my trusty Quick-Serter, and shunk in a new infusion set into my skin. Pull back the needle, leave the cannula inserted, and hook up the tubing. Prime, stash the pump somewhere on my body, and move on with the day.
But lately, I've had a few infusion sets that stung like snakebites. I'll be sitting on the side of the bed, pull back the white plunger on the Quick-Serter, and then send that infusion needle hurtling into what must be a happy little nest of the most sensitive nerve endings in my body. At this point, I usually hop up on one leg, tears stinging in my eyes, and I bring forth my best Yosemite Sam impression (reserved for moments like this and for when my car makes me fume).
Sunday night, I put in a new set and the string was unbelievable. Determined to soldier through until the pain passed, I gritted my teeth and laced in my dinner bolus. I could feel the cold of the insulin spreading underneath my skin like snowflakes. I ate my dinner (spinach salad with chicken, as previously discussed) and tested two hours later at 228 mg/dl.
Sometimes it feels like it takes a few extra hours for a new infusion set to "stick," so I decided to correct the blood sugar, go to sleep, and see what the morning brought.
7:30 am - 156 mg/dl. Though higher than I normally run in the morning, I didn't worry about the site.
All day yesterday, my numbers were crunched - 189 mg/dl, 221 mg/dl, 192 mg/dl, 201 mg/dl, and then finally 102 mg/dl. It's like it took all freaking day to come down. And oh how that site smarted like holy hell all day long. Just the brush of my pants against the edge of the thigh sent spirals of pain down to my knees. This was so not normal.
When I came home from work, I ripped the site out as fast as I could. While the cannula was perfectly unkinked and appeared to be normal, the site gushed pus (ew, sorry) and blood immediately. Over the course of the night, I'd managed to riot up an infection in that site - no wonder it was on a 2 hour delay accepting all my boluses and no wonder it was swollen up like someone had shoved a Mento under my skin.
(Note to self: If it hurts and you're high, just suck it up and change out the set. Stop being so darn stubborn!)
Today's numbers: 78 mg/dl, 138 mg/dl, 158 mg/dl, 108 mg/dl ... and holding steady.