Earlier this week I'd written about an infusion site issue - that in the end - we've all come to the conclusion that it was all to do with nerve endings. So far, I've done a few more infusion changes, and not had the same thing happen again except now I seem to be having an issue with irritation. This is something I've not had with the Contact Detach / Sure-T infusion sets like I used to with the telfon cannula infusion sets.
What I'm experiencing is mild compared to the teflon cannula (with those I had itchy red lumps happening when removing the infusion set). What I seem to be having the last two infusion changes is a feeling like you would get from an insect bite (ooooh - having feelings of the mosquitoes that will be coming in the summer time - buzz off). I always sterilize the site with alcohol and from time to time will use Skin Prep. I don`t use the Skin Prep that much because it`s not covered by my insurance and a box of 50 runs about $20, so Ì use those very sparingly (more so in the summer months, when I`m sweating and more in the water).
Also, today I used the 29 gauge infusion set (prior to that it was 27 gauge). I had to use reading glasses to be able to see the needle - it`s that fine (sweet). That was interesting putting the skinny mini infusion set in place. If you look at the picture of the infusion set in my previous blog - you`ll see that there are little plastic sides on the needle inserter bit. I had no problems with pinching these up in order to put the infusion needle into my body, but it seems the composition of the new set is a different type of plastic, so difficult for me to grasp. Remember, this is my first time with this new infusion set, so I`m hoping things go better on Monday when I do my next infusion change.
So, after a few hours of having this new infusion set in place, the itching seems to be less but I still feel it in the background - I feel like the Princess and the Pea! I`ll keep note, and if it persists will call up Animas to see if they can give me some tips - or anyone reading this - if you can think of something - just let me know!
Picture by Edmund Dulac - 1911