About a week ago, while doing my normal morning routine, I checked my blood sugar as normal and waited for the result. I knew I felt a little low, so I was guessing about 55-60ish.
Then, the result cameâ€¦
Where on EARTH did that come from??!?!! So, I rechecked again, just to be sure. I knew I was low, but not that low. New result? 63 mg/dl.
Two minutes apartâ€¦. same fingerâ€¦ same vial of stripsâ€¦ same everything. (Two minute delay was from me completely freaking out at the moment and being dumbfounded at the same time. I just froze, reallyâ€¦)
It happened again a few days ago. Not the same numbers, but off just almost as much. So, I called Omnipod about the PDM and they said it could be the strips or the PDM. I was advised to do a control solution test and if the numbers were out of range from the control solution, they would replace the PDM. And, if I question my readings at any time, to use the backup meter provided with the kit. My only concern now is that Iâ€™m going to question EVERY reading I have. Iâ€™m trying not to double test, but lately, Iâ€™ve been doing two tests each time just to be sure the readings are relatively close if I am out of â€œnormalâ€ range for me the first time (which with the odd lows and the high streak I had, I was double checking A LOT!).
I am going to see about getting some control solution asap if I canâ€™t find it at home. With my luck, it will be expired since I havenâ€™t gotten any since I started with Omnipod (BAAAD, I know!!). I think youâ€™re supposed to use it every week. Iâ€™ll be setting a reminder on my iPhone to go off once a week to do a test from now until forever.
So, do you use control solution regularly? How often? If you donâ€™t, it might be a good idea to start. Think about it this wayâ€¦ youâ€™re calculating insulin dosages based on what your meter tells you. If your meter is wrong, you could give yourself waaay too much or too little. And, if you use a CGMS, how do you know if youâ€™re plugginâ€™ in the right numbers when you calibrate it? I didnâ€™t think about that until I read Kerriâ€™s blog about control solution.
I will write back and let you guys know how it goes after a few tests.