Hi Andrea, I'm a new pumper and would like to know why you think the 6mm will be less reliable. I may be talking stupid (tend to do that sometimes) but it seems to me that if your having pain you may be hitting muscle and in that case wouldnt the 6mm be better.
I have no experience with the Sure T so I might be talking trash but if the tip of the 8mm is in muscle I would think that might affect absorption due to inflammation.
Are you experiencing colder temps? I really have to crank my basal up in the winter for the colder weather. Currently I have a temp basal rate of 140%.
I haven't been away from mdi long enough to miss it but I have been having issues with bent cannulas on the 9mm Quick sets. I tried out a Silhoutte last time and had no problems with it. I changed to a 6mm Quickset this morning and so far it is working fine. I suspect that I have been hitting muscle with the 9mm one.
I have wondered what are the advantages of the longer cannulas.
My spring and summer basal's can drop as low as .800 but usually not lower than .700, but my winter ones can go up considerably. This is my second winter with my pump and I had been doing pretty good until this last couple of weeks not needing to increase them. Currently I'm running as high as 1.15 an hour. It may be the cannula's as well too. I don't really have any scientific method of adjusting my basals, but I just kinda start inching it up, till I find something that works. Of course you are talking to someone whose been diabetic, almost 28 years, I kinda fly by the seat of my pants. If you are newly diagnosed you might not be quite at the comfort level yet.
I don't know Andrea. I think most decide through trial and error. Maybe some of the more experienced pumpers could give some insight.
I've used the 13mm Silhouettes for a while, I think I opted for a longer one as I'm not really bothered by needles but like to feel as if the thing is stuck in all the way so it will work better. I was bigger when I started using them but, since they go in at an angle, it's pretty easy to make sure they don't hit anything. The CGM needles are a bit dicier, I suspect they hit all sorts of stuff.