Sisters Steph Klassen and Jen Dyck have been living with Type 1 diabetes for over 25 years, and after a failed insulin pod sent Klassen to the hospital with dangerously high blood sugar levels, the two are sharing their experiences with the disease.
On March 24 at around 4 p.m. Klassen started feeling ill at her in-laws house. When she checked her blood sugar, her glucometer just read ‘high.’
“It doesn’t take long for it to become an emergency situation if your pod is faulty and leaking insulin,” she said.
She assumes the insulin pod started failing between noon and 3 p.m.
Klassen changed her pod, but was feeling more nauseated and could barely sip water without dry heaving, so she went to the hospital.
“They had to flush out my system,” she said. “One thing that happens with being Type 1 for many years is your body’s sensitivity to feeling low blood sugars and high blood sugars is really lessened. You can’t feel it, so the doctor was really surprised I caught it as early as I did.”