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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly on Animas Inset II

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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!! 

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  • The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly on Animas Inset II
    Okay - finally am finding time to follow up on my Chapter Deux of my original blog post about my DKA experience back in early August.

    When I had to call up Animas to tell them of what happened - I was put thru' to a technician - a T1D herself (and worried about when she retires from Animas when she has to go onto Medicaid).  

    She filled me in on some great tips to ensure that my Contact Detach experiences I had do NOT occur again - and she's fully aware that I was going to be blogging about this - so this is coming DIRECTLY from an Animas technician - via my little paws on the keyboard.  These are great reminders that sometimes despite having done the same thing for many years - we can muck up when we don't mean too (note to self).
    Man eating a blood orange leaving sticky prints everywhere

    1. Examine the needle  prior to pulling the guard prior off - is it curved - this could cause the problem that I experienced.  Do NOT use it - inform Animas - they will replace it.
    2. When pulling off the needle guard - GENTLY twist off - STRAIGHT - as the guard can sometimes be "glued" to the cannula - causing damage.
    3. When unwinding tubing from the unit - be CAREFUL - sometimes if not done properly - the actual infusion set can lift out (this occurred to me when going back to using the Contact Detach - I was probably very nervous at the time after my experience - and that buggers up the whole thing - in my case - I pulled the infusion set off the whole unit - FAIL!!! ).  I think at the time - my finger was down on the tube as I unwound - and it was in the little notch that you place the tubing into when you are reading to "launch the missile" aka infusion set into your skin.  The same applies to if you are pulling up on the spring loaded system - do not place your fingers on the tubing - same thing can happen!
    4. When pulling back on the spring loaded system - with fingers on the TWO rough indentations - listen for the two "click clicks" (it actually shows this in the picture description (#10) of the "how to use" manual that comes with every box.  Sadly, t's not written anywhere except there - so of course - being self taught - I didn't look close enough at the multilingual picture tiny text).  Ssshh!!!
    5. HEAT - she'd asked me if the boat was hot - and where I kept my infusion sets.  I told her the cabin stays pretty average in temps - similar to my house - but she did want to point out that sometimes this can cause the set to not function properly.  So take note if you're in a hot climate.
    6. The most important thing - Animas recommends after THREE (the technician says she feels it should be two which is what she does herself) blood sugar tests (BG) - if you are still high - change infusion set - which is what I had done - after 3 hourly tests had shown my BG going up higher and higher.  

    The Good / Bad / and the Ugly
    infusion sets walk off the screen ..... hear the spurs whirling away ..... yee! haa!!
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