I've been using a OneTouch Ping for around two years now, with the Inset 30 infusion sets. I have a fairly slim, muscular build, and don't have a lot of fat to stick canulas into. I've been using my stomach and hips, mostly, but now I've got crazy scar tissue all over. I hate using my legs (the whole thing always rips right off) and my arms ( i can never get to the infusion site). I'm wondering- is there a way to break up scar tissue? or a way to more easily use my arms and legs?
Wow. That's a question for the Women-Folk. We men just point 'em out and claim they're shrapnel from the war. :)
Serious question: Are you allergic to the teflon cannula in the Inset infusion set? Ever think about trying a steel cannula?
You shouldn't be scarring like this. Something rather woofie (tech term!) is going on here.
I never even thought of that! Thanks super much. I'm going to for a checkup sometime next week, so i'll make sure to ask. But, if that was the case, would i still be left with lumpy, numb-feeling skin months later?
Potentially... yes. That's what scar tissue is. Lumpy and numb. But everyone reacts a bit differently. Some folks react with redness, itching, or whatnot right after insertion. Others find it's a more progressive process over days, weeks or even months. It's all up to your body how, when, and how much, it reacts.
Something else to look at: a smaller diameter cannula. You might contact these folks for a sample of an Luer-lock type infusion set with a really *tiny* cannula:
They are also just a *wee* bit shorter. If you're one of these twiggy little wimmen (notice tongue planted firmly in cheek here), you might benefit from this.
Woah wonderful! they really do look tiny, so i would prolly have more space to insert, helping insulin absorption AND eliminating any chance of an allergy.
I've recently lost a lot of weight, not to make me twiggy, but instead to make me more muscular. And jabbing needles in muscle isn't really very fun :/.
Thanks so much for all your help! I'll see if i can switch cannulas soon!
Hiya. I just tried my first Orbit Micro infusion set - put it in about an hour ago. So far so good. It has a 5.5mm stainless steel needle.
I'm allergic to teflon. It manifests as a reddening bump where the cannula goes in that gets itchy at 1 day and itchier/redder from there. If I leave a teflon set 3 days there is a big welt when I remove it. That spot takes several weeks to heal afterward. I thought this happened to everybody - my CDE said most people get a red spot. But what a difference when I tried a stainless steel needle instead!! All it leaves is clean skin with a tiny hole that disappears very quickly. No inflammation.
I hope you can figure it out! Sounds really irritating. I am old so I don't mind getting a bit lumpy, but I'd have hated it a few decades ago.
You know, my cannula sites are always so itchy, too. I also assumed that it was normal, but i wouldn't mind avoiding that! And yeah, going to the beach and getting asked why my stomach is all red isn't really the best time. I'll make sure to bring it up at my next appointment!
Hi again, SophieKate. Here's and update on the Orbit Micro: The only directions that come with it are in pictures (avoiding language issues, I guess) and they are truly confusing. i wasted my first set by trying to follow them. On the internet I found the company site and watched a video of how to prime/insert etc. - Much better!! Next problem was at dinner time. Occlusion/no delivery alarm when I bolused. Had to prime again. Tried a combo bolus thinking the finer needle can't take large increment boluses... Didn't work, grrr. Finally took my bolus in .4 increments, waiting a few seconds in between. Mostly worked till i hurried the last one. Went into pump settings, found the occlusion sensitivity - already was set to Low. Found the bolus increments were set to .5 so I changed that to .1 I am hoping this will make it work, because this is the most awesomely comfortable set I've ever used!!
Good luck at your appt. Let us know what they say. I think your diet is a great idea. The only guy I ever met who claimed to have cured his T1 diabetes ate only raw vegan food that he grew himself. Tall order. Also he fasted for about a month when diagnosed (1920's i think?) because he preferred to die rather than live with the disease. I met him in his 70's. His garden rocked!
Woah that sounds irritating! I'm glad you figured it out, though! And it's comfortable? Wonderful! Yeah, the vegan diet seems to help me avoid a bunch of problem cravings, like ice cream, that make my blood sugar SOAR. Also, the raw diet helps lower my sugar tolerance, so I end up avoiding things like candy and chocolate, even if they are vegan. I don't know about curing myself, but stabilizing myself, definitely! I'm not really sure how it works-- what tubing sets are the Orbit Micro insets compatible with? I'd love to order some, these huge cannulas are killing me! :)
Well the Orbit micro set comes with its own tubing. And it's blue (tubing) which is supposed to make bubbles easier to see, though you can get clear if you prefer. It's luer-lock and works fine with Animas cartridges.
I'm still not sure if I solved the occlusion problem, though. I realized I changed the audio bolus beeping increments which I don't even use, instead of the delivery increments. Half a unit seems to be as slow as it goes. But all my boluses today worked fine anyway so maybe it's not an issue. I'll keep you posted.
I got mine from Solar Medical Supply in southern California I think. They have all the other kinds too and anything for any kind of pump. Nice people on the phone, which they actually answer personally, too! Good luck. I'll let you know if I have more trouble. The other kinds of metal sets work fine. I just don't like the tail of tubing left when you disconnect on the ones Animas carries. I like to sauna and the tail insulin gets cooked! The orbit solves this -tried it today (:-)
Turns out I was allergic to my insulin! My doctor switched me from Novolog to Humalog and I'm hoping the redness clears up!
All though I've been pumping for many years I thought scarring was inevitable. I know some people are prone to develop scars. Hopefully you'll get an answer at your appointment.
I'm hoping so too! I didn't know that some people scar more easily than others, but I'd hoped that it'd take a little longer than two years for me to start getting scar tissue, you know? Thanks for your input!