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Old 02-20-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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high bg on a pump

type 1 diabetic, 36 y.o., suddenly, my sugars are running consistently high. i am afraid to eat anything. i'm on an insulin pump. i took a correction bolus dose before bed (reading was at 300), correction dose in the morning when i woke up (reading was at 290), i haven't eaten at all today and i just checked to find my sugar was 240. what could possibly be happening? i have no fever. i might be dehydrated, but i've been trying to drink water today in case that is the problem.
could it be my insulin pump placement areas? I generally use left upper arm for 72 hours, right upper arm for 72 hours, left belly for 72 hours, right belly for 72 hours, lower left back for 72 hours and then right lower back for 72 hours.
do these spots get used up?
I don't know what to do. :...(((((
also: i have been running no fever. the highs have been running on and off for a week or two. i'm at a loss.
afraid to eat anything.

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Old 02-20-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: high bg on a pump

also: i have been running no fever. the highs have been running on and off for a week or two. i'm at a loss.

 
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #3
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Re: high bg on a pump

Have you take a correction via syringe? This is always advisable when you think there might be a problem with the pump or your glucose doesn't come down. When you use your sites, do you change the place you put it in each time you use a general area? It is possible you have developed some scar tissue and the absorption is bad. How long have you been pumping? Have you talked to your pump company? It is possible that there is something wrong with the pump too. I know I had a friend who did an experiment by disconnecting, bolusing, and then measuring the amount that came out.

Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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Re: high bg on a pump

First, You've helped immensely - THANK YOU. I have not tried a correction with a syringe. You're brilliant! I think I can find some and try it out. I'm still afraid to eat anything so i might wait until dinnertime. My spouse gets home from work at midnight and we eat then. As for placement - I try to spot the last pump site and pump at least 2 inches away from the last cannula "dot". I'm using the Omnipod system. I have been pumping for about 4 years (?). I haven't contacted my doctor because I avoid incurring further medical bills at all costs. I have been unusually inactive lately, working at home. You've been very helpful, thank you. I'm going to use my pump to calculate my dinner dose and use a syringe. this is so for the birds. but you've DEFINITELY been through far more than i have. I was diagnosed at 23 y.o. in 1999.
Thank you so much - i genuinely appreciate your help. We'll see what happens.

 
Old 02-20-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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Re: high bg on a pump

update - just checked my bg as 167. granted, i haven't eaten anything, it IS GOING DOWN from the pump boluses. I calculated the 167 correction at 0.95u so I just took a syringe dose to get it back down to normal. I plan to eat dinner with a syringe dose and then check in 2 hours. i am starting to think my "bad numbers" are mostly due to inactivity, with a couple of "off" pump sites. Time will tell.

 
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Re: high bg on a pump

Glad to be of help. Don't forget that sometimes our diabetes will change overnight with no rhyme or reason. It is possible that you just needed larger doses and this may go back to normal.

Best of luck.
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