Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Diabetes Blog Week Day 3. Major Dia-Blunders, Diabloopers.

For today's topic in Diabetes Blog Week (see HERE for the different topics and wildcard subjects, and HERE for my post on the first day, and HERE for Day 2).

Whether you or your loved one are newly-diagnosed or have been dealing with diabetes for a while, you probably realize that things can (and will) go wrong. (that's part of life with a chronic disease) Sometimes the things that go wrong aren't stressful – instead sometimes they are downright funny! Go ahead and share your Diabetes Blooper – your "I can't believe I did that" moment – your big "D-oh" – and let's all have a good laugh together!!

I wish my bloopers were funny, but they usually aren't. But I've done them, and others might laugh at the sheer stupidity of them, or maybe empathize.

-Not being sure if I've dosed or not. That sucks, and I use waaaay to many test strips to figure it out. It's one time I wished I did use a Humapen Memoir or pump so I had a record of whether I dosed or not!

-Poking finger for blood test without putting a strip in the meter. Done that many times, usually I can just wipe it clean, put the strip in fast, and then squeeze my finger again. But it still sucks!

-Mixing up my Levemir and Humalog (dialing the wrong pen, just not paying attention) and taking a big dose of the wrong insulin. Luckily I test a lot and figured it out. But that resulted in an entire half-day eating sugar, Pepsi, apple juice ... you name it, even using up my glucagon pen, too (that's OK ... I guess it's better to use them once and a while!) Not fun, until it's done and can look back at it and laugh.

-Leaving home with an empty pen or no test strips. Done that, too. It blows, ruining the day. I have backups in the fridge at work, but it still sucks.

Anyway, there's been plenty of screw-ups over my 34 years with type 1, but I try to keep them to a minimum. Hopefully you'll find them funnier than I did at the time!


Kelly Booth said...

I have done a few of those also. You are right, not so funny when we are doing them but at least we can look back and laugh.

Gretchen said...

I'm pretty absent-minded and sometimes forget to write down that I've taken a shot. So I take one of those pill boxes with the days written on the top, and when I remove the plastic from the end of the syringe, I put it in that day's box. The cap at the end is for a basal, and the orange caps on the needle are for bolus, although I don't often use the latter.