I quit using my pump after the second one died last March. I only pumped for about 8 months before throwing in the towel. A big problem for me was site issues. I seemed to build up scar tissue pretty fast. I had sites fail fairly fast. It was rare to get 48 hours out of a site Every time I turned around, I was going high because of a failed site. The problems were not worth the good things about the pump.
Someone that read my problems with memory foam contacted me and she mentioned that she changes her sites daily because of the problems she had. I started thinking that could be an option for me also. It certainly would be worth trying. Whether or not I can actually get enough sets to change sites every 24 hours is a whole other issue, but if I can avoid the highs by changing sites at 24 hours, then that would make pumping worthwhile for me.
Back in December, I wrote about having problems with my blood sugar and it turned out to be the Levemir pen. That pen was the 4th pen in a box of 5. I didn’t have any problems with the first three pens nor with the fifth one. As soon as I changed the Levemir pen out, my blood sugar went back to normal. I had two good weeks of blood sugar and after opening a new box of Levemir, things were going whacky again. I did have the flu last weekend, so I wasn’t sure whether it really was the insulin or just me. I put the first pen in the new box in a baggy and started a new pen. I still kept having problems. Yesterday afternoon for my 3 PM shot, I decided to take out the third pen in that box. It was like I injected water, I just kept going higher and higher. I kept bumping up my dosage – I literally added 8 units to my total daily dose, which was almost 50% of what I was using.
This morning I didn’t know what to do. I know something isn’t right and it isn’t like I can just go and get a fresh box of pens. I decided that if I was thinking about trying the pump again, this would be a good time to do that. When I went back to MDI, I added 25% to my pump basal to come up with what I would use for Levemir and that worked out really good. To start my pump up today, I took 25% off my old Levemir dose before I started bumping it up. If it was bad insulin and not something with me, I didn’t want to get too much basal. If it is me, then I will end up going a little high.
I started the pump up a little before noon today. Since I did take Levemir this AM, I did a temp basal of zero until about 3 PM when I would have taken my Levemir.