Friday, February 03, 2006

The many adventures of pumping

Grant was delivered today.
The UPS guy kindly let the girl next door sign for it. I'm so glad she told me as soon as I got back. *sarcasm* I had to ask her specifically if the UPS guy had come before she remembered.
I now have 3 Cozmo pumps in my room. That's roughly $18,000 worth of equipment. Yikes!
I took pictures of them. Jeremiah is on the left, Fred is in the middle and Grant is on the right. You can see the bedspread I made in the background. I'm not sure Grant's name is going to stick. I think I like Jeremiah Jr. better. We shall see.....
This morning, my room mate woke me up, saying my pump was beeping. The alarms NEVER wake me up. She often hears them, so she wake me up, and I take care of it. I took out my pump, but it wasn't beeping. Then I heard a beeping that sound a LOT like a pump. I got up and went over to the box that Fred was in. I had forgotten to take out the battery, so the automatic off alarm was going off. It was vibrating and beeping a LOT. It sounded like something was alive inside the box. We (my room mate and I) had a good laugh about it afterwards. I am not the most coherent person in the morning, so the two pump confusion was a little much for my brain.
For the first time ever, my tubing broke off from the cartridge. I was really mad when it happened. 5 minutes before class, and it just broke clean off. That didn't give me a whole lot of time to chance it. I change the site, cartridge and tubing every 3 days. I have no idea why it would just break off like that. Has anyone had this happen to them? What do you do to prevent it?
I went to the mall tonight with my mom tonight. I went low twice. Well, the number wasn't really that low (81 both times) but I sure felt low. After dinner that was sure to make me go high (lemonade and cheesecake, both evil) I tested at 365. After I tested after an hour, I realized the meter was coded wrong. So now I'm wondering if I was lower than 81.
So, yeah. That's the highlights of my day. One pump to another to yet another. A record breaking site change. 2 lows and a very high that left me with a headache and nausea. All in a day's work.
*edit* Does anyone have a good, blank blood sugar log? I hate the print outs from the Cozmo, and the one I have is just so-so.

4 comments:

Kassie said...

I keep meaning to order one of these:
http://www.diabetesnet.com/mocb1.php

I had tubing snap off once, up where it connects to the reservoir (old MM 508). Weird. Annoying.

Penny said...

I like the name Grant. It reminds me of my favorite basketball player, Grant Hill.

julia said...

We use the Checkbook one, too (when I remember to log - bad mother). It has a decent amount of space and it's not huge.

Olivia snapped the tubing off at the little plastic thing on her site the other day. She thinks she caught it on the back of a chair when we were at dinner. It's never happened before, so I'm not going to worry too much about it. If it happens again with the same infusion site and resevoir, I'd call your rep or customer service about it.

julia said...

Oh, and Grant is a good name. I met this boy from Louisiana when I was in college. He was in MA, going to Joslin. He was the first person I ever met who had diabetes. I kind of wish I'd kept in touch with him now....