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The Princess and the Pea!

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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: Jan 8, 2011 12:24
  • The Princess and the Pea!

    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!

    Princess and the Pea by Edmund Dulac

    Picture by Edmund Dulac - 1911

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jan, 11, 2011 23:25 PM

    I've learnt over the years to use mind power like Spock and to resist the urge to scratch or react to pain!  " Pain is the thing of the mind "  as he says!

    Joking aside (or am I joking - I am Vulcan), since placing a new infusion set in yesterday, didn't have the same issues. Stung for about 1 minute - then went away - no itching.  Had hubby photograph the process of putting it in - but I look so darn FAT - that I'll only be posting the link of a few  shots later in my Flickr a/c.

    The smaller gauge needle is brilliant!  Again, I didn't feel the 27 gauge going in, so now the 29 gauge isn't really noticeably different.  I think with being a long term diabetic my I handle discomfort better then the ordinary person.  Just ask my dentist - she'll agree - I hate her freezing my mouth (maybe due to not being in control of the needle?). She says if all her patients could be like me, her job would be much easier.  Hey - when the drill hits a nerve - it's only a few secs - then it's over - right???  You're probably reading this thinking - FatCatanna is a friggin' nutcase ... it's okay - later in life I maybe wearing a straight jacket to prove you're correct - but I'll still be smiling away

    By: AmariT: Jan, 10, 2011 15:07 PM
    I can see how that would get annoying after awhile. Do you keep wanting to scratch it? Did this come out of nowhere? It would be odd if you had no problems for three years, and all of a sudden now it's itchy. Is the smaller needle helping?

    Sure-T (1) Contact Detach (1) alcohol (1) Skin Prep (1) irritation (1) infusion (1) Animas (1) pump (1) insulin (1)

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