It’s been a month now since coming back to Canada from what I think was the best holiday I’ve had in ages. I’m still in the process of getting my thoughts together for a good travel blog on the experience along with going thru’ the 1,000’s of pictures both my DH and I took – but in the meantime – it’s back to business for blogging about what I do the best … diabetes … staying in control with it … using whatever method suits you best.
For myself, on this past holiday, I was determined to use the I-Port for all my rapid insulin shots that I take during my waking hours. I average about 6 shots a day when using my rapid insulin for my meals and corrections. The ability to not worry about where I last injected (yes – some people keep charts). I’m lazy – too much work - using the I-Port – which is like an infusion set on an insulin pump (both devices to infuse are very similar) – makes it easier to give time to heal as you move the I-Port/infusion to the next spot. It makes my life easier!
If I could have put my long lasting insulin into the same port – that would be great – but you can’t – according to the instructions. It makes sense – since the long lasting insulin (Levemir / Lantus) – work at a different speed – so best to keep them separated. So, for my regime of using Levemir during my holidays (x3 a day) that was fine (though the 6 AM wake up call for 1st of 3 shots – yawwwnnn – did I say I’m not an early morning riser???).
Anyway, the jist of my blog here is that … I had to ditch using the I-Ports into the 2nd day of our 14 days of sailing. The reason why?
- Heavy seas when sailing (we sometimes had waves of 12’ high) – a lot of movement – equals unable to get the needle into the rubber port that you inject into on the infusion set – tres difficile. Often I would just inject with pen needle the regular way – and forgo the I-Port altogether. Sigh.
- Lack of light. You need GOOD light to be able to see the rubber port. A few times when going offshore – the places we were going to – either candle light – flashlight – or next to no light at all. The life of a boater – lighting is not always what we are used to in our homes that are connected to the grid.
So, I ditched using the I-Ports for the whole 3 weeks of my holidays.
And yes, I am back on the I-Port now back on terra-firma – still enjoying the pump break I’m taking for now. Testing out Levemir once again – but only on 2X a day injections (sorry Doris - the 3X regime was too much like being a slave to insulin - all I did was worry about times, etc. - not my personal style of controlling my diabetes health - too stressful).
Sadly I only have 6 I-Ports left – and after talks with Diabetes Express / and Fay at Medtronic Canada – who knows when we’ll be able to obtain more. Discussions are ongoing for distribution since Medtronic took over distribution from Patton Medical Devices in February. It’s also very sad – when I hear from parents of kids who use the I-Port – and their not being able to get what they need (most kids use 6mm – as an adult – I use the 9mm – otherwise – I’d give the I-Ports to those that need them most).
Feel like discussing this in the forums? You can go check it out here - where I originally posted about the I-Port back in 2008. It's not new - and many Americans don't know much about it.
Meanwhile, back to dreaming I’m still living on water ….