Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Focus, Kim.

When I removed my two-day-old insulin pump infusion site last night, I received the surprise of my biggest "gusher" to date. I bled through six paper towels, people.  (SIX!) After several minutes, I ended up with a big gauze-reinforced band-aid over it, as I was tired of holding paper to my stomach.

I couldn't believe how much blood I'd lost. And like any good diabetes blogger, my first thoughts were, "Where's my camera?", "I should Tweet about this", and "This is what I'm blogging about tomorrow".

"Dude.  I'm right here."

But while I was busy being "excited" about this, I forgot something very important. Something I wear all of the time, that feels as much a part of me as a robot pancreas can.

I forgot to reconnect myself! My lonely Ping just sat there, right next to my laptop and unattached to anything, for the next 45 minutes.

How do I even do that?



8 comments:

  1. I thought you would have a vlog up today. I can't believe you used SIX paper towels...I want proof. Just kidding. Reconnecting is one of the things I worry about with a traditional pump.

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  2. I spared you the "proof" - I have both photographic and video evidence. :)

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  3. I photographed bloody tissues from a gusher once. Or twice possibly. We bloggers do peculiar things.

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  4. OMG I had my biggest gusher to date last week. It soaked my through my pants and shirt before I saw it. Nasty. I too was very preoccupied with it until my bf asked "maybe you want to put a new site in sometime soon?" Yeah, I think because I don't actually feel it and I change it every 4 days I forget it more than I should lol

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  5. Dude, that's a whole lotta bleeding. Did you feel woozy?

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  6. Jeff - nope, I didn't. I think I was too distracted to think about how I was feeling, actually.

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  7. Wow!!! I've never had a gusher that bad! But don't be too hard on yourself - I'd imagine bleeding all over the place like that can sure rattle your brain!!

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  8. I take pictures of my gushers too! My last 2 site changes turned out to be gushers! the worst is when you don't realize it's a gusher until you feel blood dripping down your pants... Ew.

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