On this past Saturday, close family and friends threw my wife a birthday party. The party went great with awesome family and friends, great food and drink, and love everywhere. My wife was very appreciative and the night ended with plenty of laughter.
In order to prepare for the party, I decided earlier that morning to go back on my OmniPod – if only for the day and night. Insulin pumps are very convenient especially with the unpredictable, e.g. not knowing when you’ll eat, how much to eat, etc. I was looking forward to not taking a shot for every small plate of food.
Sadly, the first 4 hours on the pump didn’t go as planned. I remained a steady 250 mg/dl blood sugar average and worse, my insulin didn’t seem to work fast enough (When changing the pod, I always give myself 2 units as a “primer”. This usually helps with any highs I get when changing the pod.) . Worse yet, at about the 4th hour into the new change, my BS ran a 270. I was getting really tired and frustrated.
And as fate would have it, the floor gave way. I felt as if my body was on a bad roller coaster ride and I couldn’t get off. I tested with a BS of 40 mg/dl. I quickly drank some Gatorade and ran a temporary basal at -90 percent for an hour. Afterward, I tested at a nice 89 mg/dl. My body felt like I went a round with the great Sugar Ray Leonard. I was wobbly and needed sleep. But, alas, that didn’t happen.
I did, however, have a great time at the party with much better blood sugar readings. I haven’t gone over 140 since then. I am thankful that I test as often as I do and don’t panic when my diabetes goes bonkers.