I know your supposed to change your infusion set every 3rd day, but i have left it in longer with no problems. So, i was wondering... who changes their set every 72 hours? I tried changing it every time my reservoir ran out, but i was going thru them so quickly, i ran out before insurance would let me get more (i tried to get a drs note saying i needed more but...) and, for me at least, changing my set takes a good 45 mins for the whole process of changing the reservoir, numbing my site, and putting in a new set, with school starting, i don't have time to do it every 72 hours, so i started to change them less frequently. So, i was wondering how often others change their sets and how long its takes you. do you do it yourself, or do you have help for an inserter or a person? Thanks

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i feel where your coming from but keep this in mind its better than doing shots
i average around 7 days per site; as long as my numbers are good, and they usually are, it stays. i use silhouettes; i've never used an inserter. i don't even us alcohol or prep. it goes from the package into my body. never had an infection or problem.
i know what the guidelines say and you must do what's best for you, but there is latitude. and again, if the numbers are good, the numbers are good and all is well.
also ... i have yet to see a peer reviewed study showing that a 2-3 day interval is required. the claim is usually pushed by manufacturers who have a serious conflict on interest.
finally, you don't need to change your site, the reservoir and tubing all at once. i almost never do everything at once.
Every 2 days but I exceptional. Most ppl change them every 3 days.I do it myself unless i'm using somewhere i can't reach
I can only get 2 to 2 1/2 days out of mine. My basal rates are very low (0.10/hour during the day) but i seem to get saturated at the sites. Maybe because I have been sticking myself for 52 years since the age of 3. My endo wrote my script for every 48 hours so I'm good.
I change my Quick Set and reservoir twice a week: Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon. I always change just before eating, so I get a good dose of insulin to reduce the possibility of plugging (non-delivery). I have left a set as long as five days, but this is, I am told, not a good idea as it takes the site much longer to heal.
I usually change mine at 3 1/2 days, mostly because I'm running out of insulin by then. But I think that even if I didn't, I'd have to change it then anyway because the site is either starting to hurt or I'm no longer getting good absorption.

Ruth
Wow! What type of pump do you use? Maybe it is because I don't do any numbing, but it takes me a max of 10 minutes to change my infusion set and CGM site (not counting wait time for the CGM sensor to wet, but that is even usually within this limit).

I thing the longest I've ever gone on an infusion set is 5 days. I just don't like changing - no good excuse. After 4 days, usually, the site isn't so good and absorption is an issue.

I haven't been using the CGM but a month and can get pretty decent readings off it for at least 4 days, maybe 5. I think my battery starts to weaken after that.
I use the QuickSet device for infusion 90% of the time (sometimes I don't have it at work) and the Senserter (I think that is the name) for CGM. I couldn't do the CGM at the right angle without that one yet, but sometimes I think I prefer just doing it myself to the infusion inserter bc it is so loud and kind of freaks me out (the force seems excessive!).
I take the same approach. I find the QuickSet device to be. . .quicker.

The Senserter has to impale with a great degree of force, in order to get that thick, rigid, sharp metal spear into your flesh far enough. Still, I usually have to push it in myself the last micrometer. I love the sensor system- it is the most useful technological advance since the invention of the pump. I suspect Medtronic knew this and knew that we'd pay the price in pain for this technology. Why spend R&D funds on making something more comfortable when diabetics will endure it as-is to get constant blood glucose monitoring?
Have you tried inserting the CGM by hand yet? I have done that and found it MUCH less painful!
No...that scares the f out of me. How quickly do you insert it? I've found it hurts most when it moves slowly through my flesh.
I change my sof set and reservoir every 3 to 4 days. I did 4 days for 9+ years but am trying to cut back to 3 days. It takes about 10 minutes to change. I never heard of anyone using numbing until recently and perhaps that was you. If you hold the site firmly, take a deep breath and let it out and relax your muscles, you should not feel any pain. At least that is the way it works for me. I use the inserter. If you can, think about something else as you inject or insert. Or turn on the news or whatever interests you enough to distract!
My only issue is that the "red dots" are taking longer to heal after 10 years on the pump. That is why I am trying to change it q 3 days instead of 4. But I have no tissue damage that I am aware of- no lumps, scarring, etc.
For those who use the same reservoir a couple of times, I just don't get it. I receive the same number of reservoirs as tubing sets in my supplies so I see no advantage for me to reuse the reservoir. I guess if you pay for your own supplies, rather than insurance, and order them separately it would make sense.

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