Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Pump that couldn't take a Bump

Always a blast with these girlies 
     I have often talked about how T1D seemingly knows when important events are on the horizon. And the D-monster struck again at just the right time when I was out of state for the final intercollegiate figure skating competition of the season. I always go low during travel, so the 7 hour car ride was interesting trying to keep the BG up while controlling my carsickness tendencies. But we made it, got settled in the hotel, and I began to feel better.
     The next morning was the day of the individual events. I woke up with a spot on BG of 93. Before leaving for the rink, I put on my dress and took my pump out of its fabric pouch and clipped it to my dress with my pump clip. Once arriving at the competition, it was business as usual placing my hair in a bun in the locker room. My friend was assisting me with this, when she announced, "your back is BEEPING". And this beep was different than anything I have ever heard, it was like an ambulance siren. At first I wasn't to worried, thinking it was just sitting in a bad position. I found it was alarming due to a button error, which I am familiar with and is usually solved by pressing the act and escape buttons, but not this time. After working on it for about 20 minutes, I just had a sinking feeling that it was a goner. So I turned my attention to coping without it. I texted my mom this info, and the poor lady was in shock and worried about how I would handle this crap alone. The mission was to get my hands on some Lantus (long acting insulin) because I knew I would be on shots for the remainder of the trip. I had about an hour and half before I was set to compete, so a team parent, Mrs. S (aka my lifesaver), my wonderful buddy, S, and I headed off to the nearest CVS pharmacy. I had thought my Lantus prescription was on file there, but it turned out to be out of date. So we contacted my endo and got an emergency prescription filled, and the dr. gave me a dosage to start with. We got back to the rink about 30 minutes before my event and Mrs. S began talking with Medtronic about my bum pump. Things were back on the right track...
This girl is my lifesaver 
     My on-ice warm up began, and as soon as my blades touched the ice I knew something was very wrong. My legs felt so heavy as if I was to skate on top of silly puddy. I was also feeling so like headed and naouseas. When the referee announced 1 minute remaining in the warm up, I went over to my amazing team coach, CanCan and said, "I feel low". So S went running for glucose tabs and returned right before my name was called to skate. As I went out, I was determined to not let D stop me from doing what I loved. All my elements were clean but I was mentally "lost" and forgot my program, something I have never done in my 13 years of competing. When I got off the ice, I felt like absolute CRAP. A check of the BG revealed I was not experiencing a low, but an epic high of 471. The stress of the situation, combined with the loss of insulin due to pump failure caused this reverse reaction. This was the toughest part of the day because it shows how D can effect one's ability to do tasks that they can easily do. I have been skating for 17 years, but at that moment all my ability was taken away from me. This is why we need a CURE!
     After that event I was able to relax a bit, do some corrections and eat a low carb meal. By late that afternoon I finally reached stability. And after about 2 hours on the phone, Mrs. S had arranged the delivery of a replacement insulin pump to my house by early Monday morning, meaning that I only had survive on shots for 48 hours. I never figured out why the pump broke, but it was just a flukey thing and technology is not perfect. After the days events, we headed back to the hotel where I felt yucky again. This continued for the rest of the trip because I was having trouble figuring out the proper insulin doses and was constantly battling high blood sugars, which brings on major nausea for me. But the trip was not all misery, I have incredible friends that kept me laughing and always know how to get me do be my silly self.
     This was one of the hardest trips I have been on, both emotionally and physically, but I learned so much. first off, I will always carry extra Lantus with me when I go on long out of state trips. Secondly, I learned I can get through anything and T1D cannot get me down for long. Thirdly, I was once again blown away by the support of my team. These girls are always there for me and do not judge. I can depend on them and I hope they feel they can depend on me. I love OUFSC!!!!!

And my new pump arrived right on time and all is well on the Diabetes front, until my next adventure :)

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