Sometimes diabetes just makes no sense, so the best one can do is to rely on experience or on help from others (like this wonderful Tudiabetes community), and to roll with the punches. Last Friday, I changed my Pod. (I use the original OmniPod.) As the evening wore on, I noticed higher-than-normal readings even though my dinner was not super carb-heavy and my activity remained the same. I took the suggested bolus to bring my glucose reading down. Two hours later, my G6 CGM alerted me to a high reading. Again, I took the suggested bolus. This pattern repeated all night and all though Saturday. My diet and activity did not change from my normal routine, and I usually am within range most of the day.
My dad always told me to not waste my time being angry about a problem or looking for someone or something to blame. Instead, I followed his advice and thought, “What can I DO to change this situation?” The insulin in the bottle worked in the last Pod that I had used and was fairly fresh, so I rejected throwing out a perfectly good half-vial of insulin. I could continue to bolus, but that was both annoying and unhealthy since my glucose continued to range in the high 200 - mid 300 range. For some reason – location over scar tissue, a semi-plugged cannula, or a malfunctioning Pod? – the Pod just was not functioning the way it should have worked. So off with the old Pod early and on with a new one. I hated to waste the 40 units of insulin in the Pod, but I could not continue with having a non-functioning pump. Within two hours of changing the new Pod to a new location, I was back in the 104 range.
The other Pod just did not work for whatever reason. It made no sense, but that is a part of life with diabetes. Sometimes it just does not make sense. Those of you who have lived with this condition for years know what I am talking about. Those of you who are new to diabetes, don’t be surprised when something seems wonky. Sometimes it just is. So don’t worry when senseless things happen. Don’t waste your energy by blaming yourself or anyone else. Just move forward with asking for help if you need it or with using your experience to try something different. In the end, you’ll find a solution and life (even with senseless diabetes) will go on.