Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Diabetes blog week 2011: Diabetes bloopers!

Diabetes bloopers - Wednesday 5/11: 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. But 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!!

Bloopers. Well, there have been many of them (and many more to come, I'm sure!)

There was the time I went to bolus for breakfast, dialed up the dose, realised there wasn't enough insulin left in the cartridge, and dutifully went off and changed it. And then had breakfast. Without actually *taking* the insulin. I only realised when it wasn't even coffee time in work and I'd been to the toilet three times and was gasping for a drink. A quick check on my meter showed a BG of 27.7, and realisation dawned...

Then there have been the times when I've been hypo and done silly things, like the time I was sitting balling up socks on the floor of my room when I felt a bit hot and a bit weird. I decided I felt weird because I was hot, so kept stripping of layers while I continued to ball up the socks. I was down to my underwear before it occurred to me to check my BG. I still felt that it was Very Important that I finish balling up the socks before I did though (hypo logic, worse than dunk logic...). And that's not including the times where I've woken up low in the middle of the night having one of those OMG MUST EAT EVERYTHING!!! hypos, where I've ended up sitting on the kitchen floor with the remnants of a carb fest around me...

Then we get to the pump. I've lost count of the number of times I've managed to put in a new infusion set only to discover I've somehow managed to get the tubing under the sticky bit. Then there was the time I was filling up the cartridge at work, managed to pull the plunger out of the end of the cartridge, spilling insulin all over my legs (mmm...that hospital smell). I've also managed to smack Stuart on the head with my pump (it was an accident I swear, any claims he makes that I was wielding it like a flailing mace are completely fictional...)

Ahh, diabetes! You've got to laugh... ;)


  1. The only thing you can do is laugh! Being low or high makes me do all kinds of weird crazy things. It's good to know I'm not the only one! lol

  2. Great post Angie - 'wielding it like a flailing mace' made me laugh!


  3. Sitting on the kitchen floor surrounded by a carb fest reminds me of when I caught my son on the floor of the kitchen eating strawberries straight from the container, one bite out of each. Luckily for me, I don't have to bolus for his type of diabetes anymore. That would have been difficult to figure :)

    Christy of My 2 Sweet Babies

  4. Ha, I loved these bloopers. I've done something similar to your botched breakfast bolus myself - except I punched in my bolus and then disconnected from my pump. Duh!!! The cat picture had me wondering if you'd list a blooper that involved a cat - I know my cat would love to give my tubing a good long chew if I would let her . . . .