Okay – you’re wondering – what the heck is the “YOYIS club”? Well, in my wonky sponge brain, it stands for “ Yank Out Your Infusion Set ” . I joined this valiant club about an hour ago - I bow to you all that have been worthy members of this club years before me!
Yuppers, I have yet, in my over 4 years since starting to use an insulin pump, had my first infusion set ripped out of my body. Now it sounds probably worse than it is, depending on if you’re a hairy person, or the ripping out of your infusion set occurs when you have no spare supplies. It really isn’t, it’s just downright annoying is all I can say. Yes, I’ve hung up my tubing on door knobs when I first began pumping, but luckily, no infusion set was ripped off, just a door wanting to get in my way. Also, since going to the Contact Detach, which is made up of two sticky parts (one is the actual infusion set and then you have a separate disconnect site – all in a loop configuration) – if I do snag – all that gets pulled off is the disconnect site – infusion set remains in place). So, yes, in away, I am a late bloomer to the club, as I’ve only pulled off the disconnect site – but never the actual infusion set until today!
Here I was, changing my infusion set, can do this in seconds flat (okay - maybe a minute as I contemplate life). I do a change every 3 days … religiously – no infections at site since going over to the Contact Detach. When I used the all-in-one infusion sets with the flexible plastic cannula and whomp ass introducer needle that always grossed me out (sorry, I'm a whimp with needles after almost 50 years of being a human dart board). Whether these sets were inserted manually or semi-hidden (so less introducer needle is revealed) – I had issues with infections, lumps, due to Teflon allergy from the cannula inserted under my skin. That cannula is much thicker than the 29 gauge needle on the current infusion set I use. Let’s just say – that cannula was like a glass-shard lollipop stuck in my body compared to what I use now.
So on with my dribble here ... infusion set has been put in place, and next comes the loopy de loop bit of the disconnect section. Well, next second, as Mia is meowing thru’ the bedroom window (she’s a peeping Tom ) – I hear George Michael hit the floor, with a mess of tubing. I then realise that with him taking the plunge, with no safety harness on the usual disconnect section glued on me, the infusion set has been pulled out. Did it hurt? Nope, but it was just the shock of having it happen so quickly. Sadly, the needle portion was bent, along with the adhesive bits on both pieces ruined. So, $10.00, gone down the drain with the infusion set being yanked out. Ahhh, so young, it only had a life of about 1-2 minutes, and then was yanked out of it’s life. Sooooo cruel!!!!!!
BTW, if you can come up with a better name for the “club” – or perhaps there is already a “club” out there – let me know here – maybe they’ll be able to send me a certificate to pin up on my bulletin board.