The definition of revolution, according to Google, is a forcible overthrow of a government or social order for a new system. I am starting to think that my diabetes devices are starting a revolution. I am not sure what new system they would like. Maybe a working natural endocrine system? That would sure be nice!
I have been using the OmniPod system for 19 months; the new generation system for over 2 of that 19 months. Within that time frame I’ve only had a few instances of bad pods or issues of that nature. Until recently. I obviously cannot prove that these new issues are due to the mechanics of the new pods. However since I haven’t had issues before, that is what I am lead to believe. A couple of weeks ago I had three pod issues in a row – two bleeders and one that was leaking insulin. On various site locations. I took a break from the pods for almost 2 weeks. Today was day 3 of my first pod since that break. And I got an occlusion during my breakfast bolus. Unfortunately I did not have an extra pod with me nor any syringes (that situation was remedied as soon as I got my hands on my supply) and I had to go home from work to get insulin. Not the best situation to be in. When I removed the pod, there were no visible signs of cause for an occlusion. Taking another break.
Also, I have been using a Dexcom CGMS for almost 5 years; the G4 system for 9 months of those 5 years. For most of that time I have used my outer thighs primarily for sensor sites since I cannot use them for infusion sites (due to lack of absorption). No major problems other than the occasional failed or wacky sensor, one bad transmitter and one broken receiver. In all that time. Then all of a sudden in the past few weeks I have had numerous bleeding sites. Some that have not affected the performance, some that have. I am sensor-less at the moment, giving my skin time to breathe. But I am going to attempt another one this evening. I am honestly lost without my CGM.
Using diabetes devices should not be stressful. I normally do not feel burnt out easily when it comes to my diabetes. But these recent problems have me totally burnt out. I can’t help but feel that all of a sudden, I am doing things wrong. I’m hoping this revolution will be put to an end soon when they realize a working pancreas is not going to happen ;)