Stubborn High

Last night, despite changing my pump set in the morning, my blood sugar sky rocketed to over 500 mg/dL. I felt horrid, so I took a ton of insulin and laid down in bed. My boyfriend helped wake me up at periodic times during the night to recheck my glucose and take more insulin, but the insulin seems to not be doing very much. I woke up in the 300s, which was obviously better than 500+ but also not very ideal. So I took more insulin. I went to work, I bolused for a bagel for breakfast. I checked again at lunch, now in the 400s. Probably shouldn’t have eaten that bagel, but oh well. So I took more insulin (including what I needed to cover what I was eating).

It’s now almost 4 pm and I’m still in the 400s. My blood sugar seems to have not budged AT ALL. It’s very frustrating, as I’ve been at work with a headache and slightly blurry vision. (It’s been really hard to concentrate on the computer screen for long periods of time. Thankfully I didn’t have much work to worry about today.) So I decided I should just take a shot and did. I took 5 units via injection in my arm and did a normal correction via my pump. We’ll see how this works, I hope it does it’s job and gets me back to normal. I haaaaate feeling like this and especially when no matter what I try nothing changes.

Maybe it’s finally time for me to rotate my pump sets to another area, I fear (based on today) that I’m actually starting to have absorption problems in my legs (where I always put my sets). Thing is I’m not really comfortable putting the sets anywhere else. :/

Anyone have any ideas for me?

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  • Reply Carolynne January 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Oh wow! That sounds horrible. I honestly have no advice whatsoever because I really don’t know anything about diabetes. 🙁 I hope it calms down for you soon!

    • Reply Erica January 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      Yeah, I figured out the problem, it was that my infusion set was majorly kinked (the cannula is supposed to be straight) which was preventing the insulin from getting to my body. I didn’t realize it because normally if my set or tubing is kinked my pump will alarm and tell me that it can’t deliver the insulin. My pump didn’t alarm at all, so I assumed the set was okay. :/

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