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Hi all,
I am 29 and have had type 1 for a year. I got a pump 2 months ago and everything was going OK, but it all of a sudden stopped working (insulin works when injected with syringe, no kinks in tube, remove canula and insulin still comes out, changed sites 5 times.....??) I'm wondering if other pump users have had similar episodes or have any tips for this type of thing. Anyone test out the pump for a while and switch back to shots? I'm about 2 seconds away from doing so. THANKS!

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hey Liz,
I had this problem in my 2nd week with the pump. actually spent the night at ER becuase I was so panicking. nothing seemed to be wrong with the pump, tubing, insulin, but the last possibility was the infusion set. I changed from Quick set to Silhoutte and now it is all fine.
I also had the same problem recently but then it was just a muscle tissue problem.
so dont give up, I can hear you because I had felt so frustrated. try different infusion sets
good luck
Thanks so much for everyone's suggestions! I did not like the silhouettes because of the angle, and I am afraid of the quickserter spring loaded thingie. I was using the shorter sets, and am thinking about using the longer ones and manually inserting those. It's pretty sad how happy I am with the lantus again though.... I need to get through two July bridesmaid dress events and then I promised myself I will try the pump again.
Liz -- I just started pumping yesterday and , quite frankly, my biggest fear was the putting in the infusion sets. I was amazed by the inset which has the spring-loaded thingie to which you refer. To me, the sound of the spring was the most disconcerting thing. Once I listened to it a while and knew what to expect, the rest was easy. I'd been on a pump many moons ago when you had no option but to manually insert, and I have bad memories of those times. Incidentally, I always had better luck in my hips both absorption- and comfort- wise.
My daughter and I both started pumping in June with the 522. I have not had one problem, but she is having just the same issues as you. At first I assumed her tummy was to skinny and the Cannulas were bending. This happened once. I guess her honeymoon was ending at the exact same time as pump start.....we have tripled, (huge for a 6 yr old) her basals and she is finally out of the 300's. Our first go around with the pump lasted 4weeks....nothing but highs, highs, I had to quit becuase she began to develop ketones and look so tired, worn and ill from battling 300's. for so long, I hated that damn thing, I wanted to stomp it into a million pieces!! Corrections of .2, .3 would once work, then nothing would work. It all seemed too sparadic. We took off about a week and a half.....then she agreed to set the site on her upper butt area. No problems since, except the tripiling of the basals that we are still working on. Our endo says maybe the novolog as a basal is just very different for her rather than a Lantus or Levemir for basal. I dont know, but I understand where you are at. Its is sooooo frustrating! Hang in there, move it around...and the quickset is what my 6yr old uses and it really, really is painless.

Can you make it to the pumper's group meeting this Saturday in Woburn? Maybe you'll get some helpful advise there, there's a LOT of pump experience in that room.
my pump was not working. after 4 years i upped my insulin basels and ratios significantly and it seems to be keeping my blood sugars in control.




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