I couldn't let Wednesday's picture go without explanation.
Now, we've had infusion site issues in the past. If C is running high with no other explanation, it's likely that the infusion site is the culprit...or air bubbles...or a blockage of some sort...or old insulin...or, well, it's never really likely anything for sure. We just start deducting and trying to figure it out. And, sometimes, yes, when an old set is pulled out, we sometimes find the catheter like Wednesday's picture...bent, blocked, maybe just past its prime, so to speak.
But this was different. It was not an old site at all. I ripped it out nearly as fast as the QuickSerter punched it in. As soon as that little spring-loaded device did it's job, C screamed at the top of her lungs, "It hurts...it hurts!!" She was wriggling like a worm. I usually ask "Does it hurt enough to take out and try again?" And most times it will all be fine. But this was quite a different reaction. So, out it came. I looked at it. That's bizarre, I thought.
It must have hit muscle. Or C must have tensed up. I don't know. But I hated that it happened. I hate that every 3 days, there is a high probability that I will hurt my daughter. I sat and stroked her long, pretty hair. "I'm so sorry Sweetheart. I don't want to hurt you, C." Her tears cleared up quickly. I prepped her once more.
"Relax, Honey. Here we go..."
"Oh," she said. "That one didn't even hurt at all!"