sorry I can't help on this one, but I wish you luck and hope that the script gets to you soon! GOOD LUCK! - Amy
YES!! If you email me at email@example.com with your phone number I'll call you and walk you through it.
You should be able to pull back the cartridge a little bit... draw the insulin with a needle they gave you, and squeeze the insulin into space in the cartridge. The trick is going to be to remove all the air/air bubbles.
You should be able to get enough insulin into the cartridge to last you a day or two, until the new cartridge comes in.
I'll admit... the pump is a much better choice for everyday living... if you're at home... but MDI was much less worrisome while traveling. All I'd have to do is bring an extra pen or two of each insulin and a few needles that can be reused. Now with the pump I have to worry about the inset, cartridge, insulin, battery, battery cover, cartridge cover, and EVEN THE CLIP! When I travel I worry about the things I can't buy at a Walmart (even when traveling to Mexico), and don't sweat the things I can. Many more things can go wrong with a pump, all it takes is a single miscalculation....
I've been able to fill almost the whole cartridge with the way I do it but I'm walking out the door and only can talk you through it.
So what was her process, on the chance that anyone else here has to go through the same thing?
Sorry to not write this out earlier as I had a full last day of vacation...
I'll try to make it short and simple.
1. Remove plunger from cartridge (If it's pushed in too far pull it out with tweezers or something similar)
2. Be sure tubing is removed from top of cartrige and cover hole with your finger or little stopper provided
3. Fill up syringe with insuling from file and empty full syringe into cartridge where you removed the plunger (you may need help if you're using your finger to cover hole)
4. Fill up as much of the cartidge as you can repeating step 3
5. Once the cartridge is full replace the plunger in so insulin does not leak out and turn over
6. Once turned over remove your finger or stopper provided and push plunger gently in removing some of the remaining air.
7. Replace tubing as normal and prime as normal (be sure to prime ALL the way so new insulin is in tubing and no air bubbles remain)
I usually keep an extra cartridge needle in my blood meter pouch for instances like this so I don't have to play McGyver.
Happy New Year!!
Awesome post!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started on the pump just over a month ago and read this post and read the thread and thought. This could totally happen to me. Thanks for sharing!!!
Another trick is to do a lot of what Karly72 said. Here is my trick:
1) Disconnect from site. Rewind pump. Remove cartridge.
2) Drape site connector over the edge of a clean drinking glass to keep it clean/sterile.
3) Disconnect cartridge from tubing and place tubing end over glass edge also.
4) Pull plunger back to the 2.0 mL mark.
5) Fill cartridge using 100 unit insulin syringe or other sterile syringe with insulin from vial.
6) Reconnect all pieces and purge air as per usual.
7) Reconnect site and refile cannula. Resume pumping. :)