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Changing my infusion set in my car

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Jan 31, 2012 10:59
  • Changing my infusion set in my car

    Well, I did an infusion change on the fly in my car this past Sunday (okay - it wasn't on the "fly" - we did stop over as Salvador was screaming to fill him up with more "food").  I knew it had to be done eventually that day, so I was a smart cookie, and brought along the necessary bit's 'n bobs that are required to do this (I'm very bad sometimes, that I don't bring a spare infusion set, insulin with me, for those "what if's").  I am getting better with age in remembering to do what I preach!

    I could have changed the infusion set in the loo at the Tim Horton's we stopped off at on our way home after checking out how Jenna's Journey is fairing during the winter months - but I have this thing about bathrooms and how clean they are (mine isn't much better ).  I tend to change my infusion set at home in the kitchen, where there is lots of sunlight - to bang out the bubbles in the insulin cartridge, along with splashes of grease on the counter from an earlier fry up (only kidding - sort of - I'm not one of your most uber fanatical clean gals - I do my best - as there is more to life then chasing dust bunnies around the house).

    So, you will find at this link  a few pictures of how I did the change - complete with revealing my sexy muffin top.  I actually did have some better shots of my tummy after putting the infusion set in - but sadly - when transferring the pictures onto my hard drive - they went missing in action.  Lost in space time continuum - what more can I say - I fail miserably as a PC user.

    In the end, due to the confined space in the car (wondering how it would have gone in my Smart CDI), the pictures that got lost, showed me putting the infusion set standing up outside the car.  I just couldn't do it sitting hunched over in the car seat.

    So, have any of you done an infusion change or needle injection in an awkward place?  Would love to hear your stories!

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Feb, 01, 2012 18:22 PM
    LOL on you - an American - being jealous of not having Timmy Hoho's (that's cute) in PA (and Ohio has one - wowza!).    I'm envious that you have the Cheesecake Factory (trade ya for a Timmy's?) and other eateries that we don't have up north here!

    I have to admit, I'm not a big coffee lover outside of my own home - due to being ... cheap and liking to make my own brew from freshly ground beans - but when on the road in Canada - and I need a cuppa java midway in a 7 hour drive  - it hits the spot (it helps that my parents for Xmas gave us a gift card as well).  The one thing that is disappointing with the Canadian Tim's - is they've now started to go the mega size me way of your country.  I ordered up my regular size of Medium - and asked for my usual 1 sugar, 2 creams (which BTW is a whooping 15%) - and couldn't understand a) the increased price and b) HUGE size.  The Medium is now a Large.  The Extra-Large looks like something a the Jolly Green Giant would order up!  Next time - I order a Small - lesson learnt!

    Really, you test/inject while on the fly (do you have someone with you when you do this - to hand you stuff?)?  I've never done that, I'll pull over if I have to and test (especially if going low).  I'm not sure if I could drive safely and use the vampire pricker at the same time or calculate my needle injection. 

    Glad you took a trip away from home - good to get away from time to time.  Especially if it's for a girls weekend with a friend!  I wish I had a gal friend that I could do that with - it sounds like so much fun!!!

    Hoping you get a Timmy's in PA one day. Maybe contact them from the website link in my post above and demand there be one where you live! Heck it doesn't hurt to at least try :)

    By: : Jan, 31, 2012 23:44 PM
    First of all, I'm so jealous you get Timmy Hoho's!   I only get that good stuff when I'm visiting my sister in Maine.   I love that place.  I've heard they exist in Ohio, so I have no idea how/why they missed PA! 
    I just this past weekend drove 3 hrs. to visit a friend.  I don't go on many trips anymore, as I've had chronic pancreatitis for 8 yrs. and my GI system rarely behaves.  I really like being home and only a few feet away from my own bathroom.  Anyway, was feeling well enough for a weekend away so I headed out.  There was lots of traffic on the way and I had to check my blood sugar so i just did while driving (don't try this at home folks!) and also needed a correction dose of Novolog, which I also did while driving.  Again, I don't recommend testing or injecting while driving alone, but it all worked out for me. 

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