Blog Entries With Tag: teflon


Posted: Jan 26, 2012
As I "patiently" await my vacation loaner pump - that was supposed to be delivered today (and hopefully not on my doorstep despite parcel saying "signature required" and left to anyone going by my house to pilfer).   Instead, Canada Post delivered the first piece of mail I've ever received from Animas Canada promoting their products - along with stories about Canadian pumpers (and even a cute little calendar - hmm - should I submit my mug shot for 2013 I wonder ?).  I've never gotten anything like this before from Animas Canada, except for emails containing the invoice for my pump supplies I purchase from time to time.  Obviously, they are trying to get more diabetics out there to join up.  Now, they don't have to sell me on how great an insulin pump is - despite its $7,000 cost along with monthly $300 supply costs - I'm sold on pumping - though how long I can afford it once I'm retired is another story.

One article that got me abit confused in the Winter 2011 issue of their Performance magazine - since I'm self taught on using the insulin pump showed an article by Allie (Webb) Roberts, RN BScN CDE, the Clinical Manager at Animas Canada.  She wrote an informative article about choosing the right infusion set.  There wasn't really anything new to me in what I read - except for the write up about the Contact Detach that I use, and the following is a quote from her article.

"Contact detach is a stainless steel needle that is inserted at a straight 90 degree angle.  This is a perfect choice for those with Teflon sensitivities or allergies.

It has to be changed every 1-2 days as it is seen as more foreign to the body than Teflon."

What got me abit confused was her statement saying that the stainless steel needle was more foreign to the body than the 13mm/17mm Teflon cannula's in their other infusion sets they sell.  I had issues with those - due to teflon allergy - where after just 1 day or less - intense itching - redness both on top of skin surface and itchiness under the skin where the infusion set sat (I wanted to rip it out - but at the cost of the infusion set - I left it in - scratch, scratch).  The thickness of the teflon cannula as well to my eye is far thicker then the stainless steel 6mm/8mm 29 gauge needle that is inserted into me.  So, why say should the stainless steel be more foreign if for myself - it doesn't cause any discomfort - even after 3 days of wearing it?

I know that Kelly Booth has written a few blogs lately with her problems with her Animas Ping (she's told me to stay with the Animas 2020 - too many probs she's heard from other users of this model).  She has what I would consider more severe allergic reactions then I do (is that sometimes do to the environment a person lives in I wonder?).  The Contact detach infusion set to her is very painful to insert, and causes problems to the skin in less then a day.  Her goal with going back onto her Animas pump was to get her blood sugars in control due to some problems with her basal insulin - but alas with infusion site problems - she's stopped using her pump again and back to MDI (multiple dosage injections).  You can read more about what she's been going thru' at her blog site -  trials and tribulations of being a type 1 diabetic.

So, as I scratch my head about the article saying to not leave the Contact detach in longer then 1-2 days - I figure .... we are all different with how our bodies react to outside invasions of our bodies.  I guess I'm just lucky that so far, touch wood, my body doesn't see that piece of stainless steel in my body as being foreign - but with the Teflon cannula it was like having a flea on a dogs back for me.  Hopefully my luck remains with me.
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Posted: Jun 22, 2011

Okay - don't freak out - I've not suddenly quit my day job to become Uri Geller and perform fork / spoon bending feats - I mean - I'm hoping that this is a one time event - that it does NOT happen again.

Now you are all wonder, what is FatCatAnna on today - has she been smoking something strange - sipping abit of drinky poo - having a low blood sugar?  Well, nope, I am in the right mind at the moment to be able to show you this amazing piece of metal that came out of my body the other day in a bendy shape (I smile as I type this - as my friend Jennie is known as
Bendy-Jen).  Luckily, I had no idea until changing my infusion set which is a 90 Degree 8 mm needle Infusion Set called Contact Detach (or Sure-T for Medtronic pump users).

Amazingly enough, if this had been the usual plastic cannula infusion set that I used to use (I have allergies to the teflon coating in these sets), I would have been having problems with my insulin not pumping properly into my body and abnormal blood sugars.  It had happened once to me with the
Inset II Infusion Set - but thankfully only once.  When that occurred, I didn't realise the cannula had become bent, and my blood sugars went abit wacky near the end and I was having to do needle corrections to stay within the range I like to be.  I only realised when removing the infusion set like I did the other day.

In this case, with what you see below I didn't notice any difference with my blood sugars at all.  Insulin was still managing to go through alright.  The reason this happened though I'm afraid to say, it was not due to my phychic powers .... but because of my anal way of using as much "real estate" on my body.  I actually went abit too far over into the hip area - where I went close to the bone plus I sleep on that side at night so my weight probably added to the bend as well).

We all know that in order to to avoid scar tissue below the surface, which often causes insulin not to be absorbed properly, so rotation and giving that area time to heal is a big thing with for diabetics both on needles and insulin pumps.  I only had scar issues when younger in my buttocks, and taking one needle a day, but in large quantity compared to the small doses I now take.  I also wasn't paying attention then at that age (I was around 12) - to where I was jabbing myself, I just got it over and done with, then off to school I would go. 

So, I now feel for folks that don't have the ample coverage like I do for when they put their infusion sets in place, besides hitting boney parts of their bodies if their not careful, there are also muscles, etc. that can sometimes get nicked.  We diabetics are a tough bunch aren't we?

Due to having to resize for posting at Diabetes1.org picture has become abit blurry - the actual needle portion is not as THICK as what you see here - it is actually 27 gauge thickness - and in real life - more sleek looking!  ***NOTE*** - if you do not see the picture below (Diabetes1.org has been having problems with hackers lately - urrhhh) - please take the extra step (aka click) and go to the pictures that I have posted at the following link - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatcatanna/sets/72157626907428447/

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