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Ripping out an infusion set!


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Jun 29, 2013 12:08
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  • Ripping out an infusion set!
    Most of you will be nodding your heads saying - " yuppers, been there, done that " - but for myself - this was amazingly enough my SECOND time ever ripping out an infusion set in an almost violent way (remember - I'm a semi-drama Queen here in my mind).  When I first started composing this blog - I was saying it was my FIRST - but as I put the tags in my post - I came across this blog!

    I'm such a drama queen!


    I'm still placing the Contact Detach infusion sets in my arms - giving my stomach that I favour the most a break for hopefully a month or more (next spot will be my legs for the infusion sets now that I have longer tubing). 

    How did the infusion set come off you may ask?  A simple swipe of my hand as I scrached a spot on my upper arm. The loop of the Contact Detach was just purrfectly looped for my kitten claws to snag on it - and next thing I knew was .... S*** - dangle of the infusion set. I was actually pretty stunned by it - since I'd heard of other diabetics on pumps ripping them out - but NEVER thought it would be pulled out this way (I figured a door knob would be the culprit for me).


    I think what got to me the most is that each infusion set costs on average for Canadians each time ... $16-20 ! That's like yikes - I could have bought groceries with what just got ripped out of my arm (sorry - you know I love to feed my ever expanding waistline).

    So, seeing as I was semi awake - after a great day on Jenna's Journey and drive back home.  Having to think straight as I contemplated an Americano was not high on my priority list.  I was thinking of reinserting the infusion set in as I'd only had it in for about 5 hours.  I'd done a similar thing for a friend of mine a few years ago (Nel Peach - who made me fall in love with the Contact Detach/Sure T).  We'd simply found some office tape and temporarily held her infusion set in a new spot until she could place a new one in as it was due to a change.  In my case, this was a NEW set - long tubing (to prime the longer tubing it takes on average 15 units of insulin compared to 10 for the shorter tube) - so not only wss I losing out on an infusion set but wasting insulin if I chucked out the tubing.
    Kitty Kat retro tape dispenser - it's so me ooooowwww!!!
    Sadly, I didn't want to be wearing an infusion set in my arm held by tape for the next few days.  Plus, I don't do very well with medical tape on my skin - as I react even if it's latex free.

    Now the one good aspect of the Contact Detach - due to it being in two parts (the infusion set - and then the docking station that you see below) - if using an infusion set that is an "all in one" - that has the tubing directly into it - then you lose everything - insulin in the tubing AND the infusion set.  Yes, when replacing the infusion set every 2-3 days as we're supposed to - we still lose "x" amount in the tubing that is pitched.  Though if you're frugal, I've heard of some people reusing the tubing, and not losing our precious juice of life.  Of course, there's always the debate of whether the insulin is still "good" - and able to perform it's duty of keeping our blood sugars (BG) stable.  It's totally up to the individual!

    So, all I had to do in my case, was replace the needle portion of the infusion set, prime from the tubing in that small section, and reinsert a new set. You will see by my picture below - that I've got a bandage across the needle portion that goes into my skin.  That's due to not placing the set in flat (I thought I had, but with using IV Prep - it's like contact glue - you can't reposition - so get it right the first time).  The needle in my arm was causing abit discomfort - almost like hitting a nerve feeling.  I'm now realising after doing this to have a better sleep last night that I actually could have reused the pulled out infusion set - by doing a criss cross with two bandages.  I'm hoping not to do this again - yanking out my infusion set - but incase I do - I'll hopefully remember this solution!

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jun, 30, 2013 16:36 PM
    LOL - Mum's the word Cathy.  If I was your CDE - I'd say - as long as the area was uber clean (even soap/water will do it according to a CDE of a T1D son) - you should be alright.  Of course, always watching for any signs of infection, etc.  I'm actually wanting to try the Contact Detach with the shorter needle next time - just to see if they will work as well as they do on me with the longer needle.  I say this, because recently when using the insulin pen - I started to use a 4mm pen needle - with no skin problems or change in my BG.  I thought being plump I had to use a longer needle - but a RN at a recent JDRF event said I could use them - I tried out the samples she gave me - and was sold!!!

    By: : Jun, 29, 2013 13:43 PM
    Thanks to you, I am going to try these infusion sets! I am just waiting until after the holiday to pick up 3 of them from my clinic! And thanks for the tip about re-incerting a ripped out site. Shhh, don't tell my CDE!


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