Kim: Insulin Pump Tubing Is Not a Chew Toy

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I got a call from the nurse the other day telling me that Kaitlyn's numbers were high. She checked Kaitlyn's site and pump tubing and found out that it was completely split apart. I wondered how it could have happened or for how long it had been that way. Her number was slightly high at breakfast, but I hadn't noticed a problem with her tubing that morning. I quickly ran over to the school with all my supplies, changed her site and gave her a correction dose. Unfortunately it was only about an hour until lunch time, so I decided to modify her lunch a little bit. The nurse had a supply of almonds, so we switched that for her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I left the rest of the stuff in there and hoped the correction would bring her back down quickly. She had a big drink of water and then walked back to class.

Later that day, I couldn't stop thinking about what could have caused her tubing to get split. It didn't look stretched or twisted. I asked Kaitlyn, and she couldn't remember it getting caught or yanked. It looked like someone had taken a pair of scissors and cut it right in half. It also seemed a bit shorter than it should have been.

That night when Kaitlyn was going to bed, I saw a little piece of tubing about three inches long in her bed sheets. The pieces to the puzzle all fit together right then! It was the cat! My husband had gotten into a (bad) habit of changing Kaitlyn's site and then dangling the old tubing in front of the cat to play with her. She then started to try to grab Kaitlyn's tubing if it wasn't tucked in. Sometimes our cat likes to snuggle in with Kaitlyn at night when she's sleeping, so she must have bitten it apart while Kaitlyn was asleep!

The mystery was solved, but now we've got a cat problem on our hands!

 


About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.

 

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