|Well, finally I got the nerve up to post some pics of my infusion change with the Contact Detach (Sure-T for Medronic users) infusion sets I use with my insulin pump, Salvador Dali. I had written a blog earlier in the month about having some issues with my infusion sets, but since then, all is back to normal.
Below is a example of the difference between the 27 gauge and 29 gauge needle of the Contact Detach - hopefully it shows up well. For remaining pictures of the whole infusion change, and a lovely view of my tubby belly (after I've posted this going to go work out).
I really love these infusion sets - as they don't seem to cause as much damage internally to my skin as I found the Inset infusion sets had done (they have a long introducer needle, which once removed, leaves a plastic cannula inside of your body). I found I was allergic to the teflon formula of the cannula and created a welt after removing the infusion set. With the Contact Detach, I don't have those issues at all. Sometimes, you don't even know where the previous infusion set was placed! The only thing is - you have to put these in manually - which puts a few people off who are used to automated systems.
Hopefully for those of you who have an aversion to needles won't be put off - I've kept it pretty non-gory looking!
For more snaps - go to my Flickr website - you don't have to be a member to view the pictures - as I've left this open to the public to view. If you wish to cut / paste the link into a new window - just use this link - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatcatanna/sets/72157625742297937/
By: FatCatAnna: Jan, 27, 2011 22:56 PM
Yes Allen, I tried out the Orbit Micro a few years ago - but at the time they were still new to Canada - therefore difficult to obtain (they actually couldn't meet up with the demand). Now we can get them easily, but one thing I did find with them was that they stuck out abit more then the Contact Detach (Sure-T for MM users). Because of the rounded top that connects to the base of infusion set in the skin on the Orbit - it juts out abit more. The one thing about them tho' - is the tubing is blue (clear) - and the sales person who gave me the sample said that air bubbles were easier to see in this tubing then the regular clear tubing on most infusion sets. I've never experienced air bubbles in my tubing .. yet .. so couldn't say yes/no to this.
Unfortunately, here in Quebec we can't get insulin pump supplies (e.g. infusion sets) at the pharmacy - we have to go directly to pump manufacturer and/or medical supplier. Ontario has a different system due to your Insulin Pump program (one day hopefully Quebec and other provinces follow their route and that it includes all age groups like yours does - as some only are for under 18 diabetic patients).
What pump are you using Allen if you don't mind me asking?
By: : Jan, 26, 2011 16:50 PM
Those infusion sets are very interesting. Have you ever looked into the ones from Orbit. They have an item called an "Orbit Micro" that is a steel infusion set in 8.5mm or 5.5mm lengths. The great thing about them is that they are only 31 gauge. That is the same as the new pen needles that are on the market. You basically don't feel the insertion of the cannula. You can see more information at http://www.orbit90.com/
. The sets are distributed in Canada to your local drug store by www.infusionsets.ca .
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