Blog Entries With Tag: tissue

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 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 ( 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 -

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Posted: Jan 4, 2011

I’m still a newbie in the insulin pumping world, when it comes to other PWD (People With Diabetes) writing about their life with an insulin pump.  Take for example a blog post by Karen at  Bitter Sweet  – she is using virgin territory on her body – her stomach – to place her infusion sets now.  Due to using her tummy for years with MDI (Multiple Dosage Injections) – scar tissue had formed – so she avoided the area while it healed.  I’ve always considered myself lucky not to have “yet” experienced that – since I’ve been a human dart board for over 40 years – but then – I rotate, rotate – just like we do with our mattress (yikes – I think that needs turning over – pump up the muscles in the arm for that old heave hoe).

Last night it was infusion change time.  I only fill up my insulin reservoir of my Animas 2020  with enough to get me by for 2 days with abit to spare for those "what if's" – as I try to be diligent about changing the infusion site every 48 hours – so that scar tissue doesn’t form where  the infusion is set in.  Nondiabetics will be going – huh?  Well, anything you have lodged in your skin, in the same spot for a period of time, starts to develop a thicker skin underneath - aka scar tissue.  You can’t see this visually, but it’s underneath, and when scarring develops, if you MDI or place an infusion set in place, you’ll either feel it upon entry – ouch - from what I’ve read  from others or your blood sugars will go wacky due to the insulin not being absorbed properly into your body due to the thicker skin.  As George Simmons aka Ninjabetic 
puts it – “ It’s a guessing game ”.

Contact Detach / Sure-T infusion setI’m not sure what happened last night with my infusion change.  I’ve been using a straight needle infusion set, called a Contact Detach / Sure-T.  It’s not got any fancy gadgets like some of the preloaded infusion sets have for automatically implanting into you – it’s just a 26 gauge needle which surprisingly enough I don’t feel when you compare it against the 32 gauge pen needles I use which are even thinner (the higher up the number in gauge the slimmer the needle).  The length of the needle depends on your fat composition – I am well endowed – so use a  8 mm length (I use 6 mm in my legs due to muscles there).  It’s inserted similar to how you would put a needle in.  Very  simple, and I have been using this since I have an allergic reaction to the Teflon cannula that I used prior to finally finding this type of infusion set.  Even better, this infusion set when removed leaves next  to no marking that it had been there – with the others  I used to have raised bumps that were itchy or bleeding when pulling out the infusion set for a change.  The other nice thing – I can see where it’s going – so I’m spot on with putting it in a good area of skin – though for some reason – yesterday that didn’t help me one bit.

So, here I am, tubing is primed, area for infusion set all clean, and I put the infusion set in.  Something didn’t feel right, it was as if I’d hit a muscle, since when I moved to place the other portion of the infusion set on my body, each move I made I felt this twinge.  I patted around the area, and it didn’t feel good.  The thing I like about this infusion set is that it can be removed and reinserted.  The manufacturer doesn’t recommend this, but I’d seen a friend of mine Nel Peach do this one time when she had a little emergency situation with her blood sugars going wacky – and her infusion set (a Sure T) had been in place for longer than it should have been.  Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever had to do this, so I was abit apprehensive, but figured …. “If Nel can do it, so can I!”.  So, I pulled the infusion set out, and went a bit over to where it had been originally.

Second try … NOT SUCCESSFUL.  Same feelings all over again where I’ve now placed the infusion set.  By now, I’m beginning to get upset, which I rarely do.  I called my hubby Mike over (he was doing some dry wall plastering) throwing out demands to him - I’d become a major at this point in time – as I was on a mission to get this infusion set in correctly.  Off he went to get some Skin Prep since the adhesive on the infusion set after being pulled out a second time was starting to lose its power.  By now I’m starting to weep abit, not because of pain, but frustration.  Is it scarring I’ve hit – despite this area not having been touched in almost 3 months?  Could it be muscles despite my stomach area being a belly dancers dream for wiggle jiggle with the Dance of the Seven Veils?  I was right pissed off.

Contact Detach / Sure-T needle

In comes Mike with what I’ve asked him for and because his hands aren’t clean, I’m trying to keep the infusion set needle sterile and the tubing keeps on making it want to go another way to a surface that’s not good - grrrrhhh.   Now is the time I wish I had another set of hands, even if it would make me look like a freak.  The other thing that starts going through my mind, I’m 50 now, what will I be like 20 years from now when having to handle these little problems.  Not good to start thinking things like that is it?  I get on with the job of prepping the surface for Round 3 – fighting gloves on – this infusion set is going to work God dammit!!  In slides the needle, and it goes in like a well oiled cog, no weird feelings, I can move without feeling a tweak. 

I’ve felt around the area where I had the problem, which is only 1” away from where the failed infusion sites were – and don’t feel anything underneath the surface.  I’m hoping this is a one of thing or is something  that only occurs every 3 years (I started pumping in October 2008).

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