In my last post, I penned my re-acquaintance with the OmniPod. My hope was to:
A. Bring back some convenience in my life. Let’s face it: Pumps are a helluva lot more convenient that drawing up the ‘ol syringe.
B. Exercise with hopes of keeping the pod adhered to my body. Not an easy task.
Sadly, I made it 5 – yes 5 – days, which includes one pod change with the new Tegaderm. My sweat, along with the heat, caused the Tegaderm to bubble. After a few minutes trying to keep the site dry, the pod eventually ‘popped’ off my arm. Thankfully, I had a bottle of Lantus with me and all turned out well the rest of the day.
Fast forward to Monday morning. Monday morning…a time to start anew…a time to push life forward. With this attitude, I tried something new. I gave my Lantus the previous night and proceeded with a new pod insertion on my right side. Generally, this is a good spot for me absorbtion-wise. The insertion stung more than usual, but I didn’t think anything of it since my blood sugar wasn’t doing too well. I went on with my work and other activities for the morning. As a sharp pain began to creep up at the insertion site, my OmniPod PDM began blaring an alarm. Simultaneously, the pod began loudly beeping. The PDM screen said to remove the pod immediately.
I removed the pod, expecting a crimped needle or blood at the site. Neither was the case. The only thing that came to mind was a true occlusion in scar tissue or muscle. (Yes, I’ve gained 7 lbs of muscle mass lately.) Thankfully I had the Lantus, so all I had to worry about were the meals. So now…I’m back on shots while I try to figure out the issue with the OmniPod. Any help is greatly appreciated!
And speaking of boluses, did anyone else have really bad blood sugars in the last couple of days? Sunday night, I went to bed a 150. A little higher than I like, but not too bad. On Monday morning, I awoke with a 340. The only two things I could figure out were the dreaded dawn phenomenon or my blood sugar dipped too low. I’m still mystified. Yesterday, I was on the BG roller coaster all – darn – day.
Today, I’m doing just fine.
Diabetes…a true love – hate relationship that I may never totally figure out. Ugh!