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Diabetes Radar Blips.

We made it to the church just before the wedding started on Saturday afternoon, and the bride looked beautiful.  It was like a mini-roommate reunion, with all of my roommates in attendence and ready to celebrate.  But as we sat in pew and watched her say "I do," I noticed a run in my stocking. 

"Oh man!  A run.  In my stocking."  (I kept thinking about that lady in Lost In Translation, who encourages Bill Murray to "lip her stocking, Mr. Bob Harris.")

We had some time to kill between the service and the reception, so we stopped by CVS to grab another pair of stockings.  Being the awkward human being that I am, I managed to remove the torn stockings most ungracefully, ripping loose the infusion set that was (at one time) adhered to my left thigh.

"Damn it!"  Blood spurted out from the manged site, which was now fully torn out.  "Shit - I tore out the site."

"Do you have an extra one?"

"Yeah, back here somewhere." 

Thankfully, on our weekends in RI, we live out of our car.  My travel bag was in the backseat, where I had a backup infusion set and the Quick-Serter handy.  I prepped the site with an IV wipe and mutted to myself as I reprimed the pump.

"Thank God we had the travel bag with us, or I'd be screwed." 

"You have syringes with you, though, right?"  Chris asked.

"Yeah, but no Lantus.  I'd be dosing little weeny bits of Humalog every hour or so just to keep up.  Forget sleep - it would be a nightmare.  And even if we got a bottle of Lantus, things would be all mucked up on Sunday and Monday."

I popped the new infusion set in my leg and pulled on a pair of nylons.  New stockings, new infusion set - both "rips" were just blips on my radar. 

But it struck me how much I take this technology for granted sometimes.  I'm used to the pump being attached and everything just plain working.  A tugged out infusion set can throw my whole weekend into a tailspin.  I try and plan for unforeseen issues, but you can't plan for everything.  There's a lot of crap to remember!  Extra infusion sets, enough test strips, glucose tabs for a low, an insulin pen in case of a high ... and back ups of these back ups.  Diabetes pack-muling.

People have asked me why I bring so much stuff everywhere.  Why I'm always toting a bag that makes me shoulders ache after a few hours of carrying it on my shoulder.  Why when someone says, "Oh, do you have a pen?" or "Anyone have some gum?" or "Hey, would anyone happen to have grape flavored glucose tabs?" - I'm their go-to girl.  It's tough to pack light when you're trying to prepare for all the diabetes variables.

"Okay, so you're set now?"

"Set.  Literally."  (Oh, diabetes humor.)  "Want to stop by Second Beach before the reception?"

Second beach in Newport, RI

Diabetes can be a huge pain in the arse.  And sometimes it can just be a blip on the radar.  I'm thankful for the blippers.  :)

Comments

on a recent trip to Boston, I plowed through my backup infusion sets (ever just have a bad run?) and was very nervous about the train ride home - because I forgot to pack syringes! I was imagining myself sans infused insulin, trapped on an overnight train ride down to VA. Luckily, I was having dinner in PVD on the way home with a camp friend, who had a few to spare!

We went camping this past summer and for the first time in years, I forgot reservoirs for my pump. Fortunately a drug store was about twenty minutes away. I purchased syringes and had the same thoughts as you, bolusing constantly through the night for two more days. I was able to refill the old reservior with the syringes I picked up and made it through the last part of the trip. The worst part out of the ordeal was the lecture at the pharmacy I was given for forgetting the reservoir. I keep extras with me in my truck, car, hockey bag, briefcase, shaving kit...

I started carrying my quick serter and an extra infusion set and reservior after having a site go bad when I wasn't at home. It's come in handy a few times. Cause sadly, ripping out the site happens. :)I'm glad it was just a blip for you.

Yeah I keep a few infusion sets and reservoirs at work and in my travel bag. I've been out and about enough times and got the dreaded "NO DELIVERY" message.

Curious if you always use the big blue quickserter for infusion sites?

I stopped using it about a month after I started using the pump, and just jab it in wherever I need (as straight as possible.)

Oh yeah, I get those shoulder aches from my "purse" (aka huge almost luggage size bag) too. I remember when I met with my pump trainer - she looked at my cute, moderately sized pocketbook and said "Yeah, you're going to want something bigger". She was right!

Something to keep in mind, since I'll officially be a pumper next week!

Blips also remind us how versatile, flexible and capable we really are.

Glad it all worked out.
Great beach shot.

i'm still on a quest for the just-right bag (make that plural - one to go with every outfit and occasion, please). I covet the cute, little ones and tend to carry the too big ones that just mean I have the kitchen sink with me every day.

Even though I'm on MDI, I hear you on backups. Worst thing I ever did was forget to bring extra strips on a trip to Ireland a couple years back. If it weren't for a sympathetic pharmacist I'd have been in real trouble.

And oh, the bag. You can never have enough room ;)Sometimes I look at it and think, 'how is it that I have no kids, but I'm always carrying the Mom purse?' :)

I often say that even though I only have two kids, I am a mother of three... my daughter's diabetes is my third child. Of course, it is the "problem child". Think about it, you have to get up every night to tend to it(just like a newborn) you have to pack an extra (diaper)bag for it (minus the diapers).You have to be on constant alert and respond when the "problem child" acts up..( high or low BG), etc, etc, etc.Only difference is this child isn't growing up and becoming more independent like my other two angels!

Oh, Kerri, the BAG...not just for travel, but for everyday. I was finally at the point in my life where I didn't need to carry a purse/bag. Then, at 7, my son Casey was dxd. It's been 6 years and I'm still toting a "bag", although right now it's a really nice Liz Claiborne reptile one!

I ripped my site out while we were out on a friend's boat this summer- 45 minutes away from home (not including the ride into shore!) without a backup. I think that was the first time in 8 years I haven't had a back-up with me- what an awful feeling! Now I have an extra set in my purse, my glove box, my husband's truck, and my dog's bag!

I always say that I bring the same size bag for a two-day trip as a two-week trip... ridiculous!

To be read with english accent...

Erm sorry about this, I know you're in America but I'm not familiar with your States/ counties, and I just listening to your VLOG I was amazed how I'd given you an English accent (in my head, when I'm reading your blog), and there you were all "american-ised".
So I wondered where in the enormous USA you live, so what is "RI"?
Thanks.

P.S I'm from Warwickshire in Britain. (county in the middle of Britain, famous for William Shakespeare).

Hi kerri boy do I know the feeling about carrying the big bag .I think i have been carrying a big bag for 25 yrs now since my son had diabetes too it was a total nightmare carrying everything for the both of us . So You see I am the go to girl as you put it in my family and my church . we have a few of us in the church and i am the only one that has the glucose tabs though . everybody else has tissues ,highlighters for the bibles , gum for the restless kids and what someone does not have another lady has . LOL:)!!! sometimes I wish I could just strap all of this to me in places on my body but no I have to have achy shoulders too . Boy sometimes the d life really blows wind . As always an awesome blog dear and yes I am old enough to be your mom and love your sarah palin wink . LOL!!!

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