Tale of the Middle of the Night Occlusion.

It was a little after 1am when I woke up kind of suddenly.  I heard a loud car motor outside and thought that was probably what woke me.  Then I heard this faint, steady beep sound.  What the hell is that? I wondered sleepily.  The car drove away but the beep remained.  I sat up to get a better sense of where it was coming from.  Then I realized.  I lifted the blanket and the sound got much louder.  It was the undeniable sound of a screeching pod coming from my abdomen.  Come on.  I grabbed the PDM from next to me on my nightstand and pressed the home button.  That then began beeping  too along with the message that there was an occlusion detected and then poof, the pod was deactivated.  I have to be honest.  In my half asleep state, I pondered for a few seconds about saying no to the “would you like to activate a pod now” question asked by the PDM and going back to sleep.  But actually using my head, I realized that 5 hours was way too long to go without insulin.  So I reluctantly got up, gathered my supplies and went inside to do a pod change.   The pod was on day 2 and had become a bit sore but my BG readings were fine so figured nothing was really wrong.  When I removed it, the canula wasn’t bent at all but there was a small welt on my skin where it was.

Bad time for an occlusion.

This is only my second occlusion since on the OmniPod so it’s not as if it’s a major issue.  I just would have appreciated it to not happen in the middle of the night.  It seems like the occlusion was detected before it was bad enough to stop the insulin from actually getting through.  Thankfully my BG cooperated during this ordeal.

5 thoughts on “Tale of the Middle of the Night Occlusion.

  1. Sheesh. Happened to me the other night too. Happens to me a lot, actually. Unfortunately my bg doesn’t always cooperate and I’m usually high before the pod or pdm alarms to tell me there’s an occlusion. Never have I actually SEEN anything in there until last week when the insulin looked crystallized in the cannula. I stuck a needle in the cannula and could push that crystallized insulin back up into the pod. Weird! I’m just guessing that it was just crystallized insulin though–what else would it be??

  2. Coming from someone not getting great sleep for a completely different reason, I know it stinks!!! Sorry it happened but glad it didn’t affect your BG.

  3. Occlusions suck. 😦 Glad you were able to catch it and fix it. I’ve slept through those alarms and not caught it for a long time. You must be a light sleeper!

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