Hi Gabby. It's wonderful that the Minimed is working for you. Glad to hear it. Here are my responses.
1. Where do you wear your pump when wearing a dress (not bra)
I never wear a bra, but never a dress either. Sorry.
2. What site do you use and why/ have you tried others/how long is your tubing/canula/site rotation?
Abdomen almost all the time. Occasionally I've used the upper part of my backside (higher than the part I would sit on), but that usually gets irritated more quickly, so it's generally reserved for summers when I might be swimming and not wearing a shirt, or times when I need to give my abdomen time to heal from all of the insulin and CGM pokes. Tubing is the longer one (40-something...43 inch I think?) - I began with the shorter and went to the longer one rather quickly. It makes it easier when getting dressed and using the bathroom. Also, for sleeping, when the pump inevitably falls out of my pajama pocket, wherever it lands still provides enough slack so it doesn't tug at me. I use the shorter cannula (not sure what the length is) that's available on the Silhouette
3. Is the silhouette as scary as my first and only experience?
I'm a "slow-poke", meaning I press the needle against the skin and insert it slowly to be sure I don't hit a "bad spot". It's not scary when done manually (to me), but the inserter device can certainly cause nightmares.
4. how do you like the sure-t
Can't even imagine having a piece of metal in me full-time. I feel like it would restrict movement. So I've never tried it. But those who do seem to have only positive things to say.
5. when traveling through the airport and I disconnect so they can inspect my pump do I suspend.
Nah... I don't even disconnect it. Last time I flew, I took it out to show the screener and his response was "put that thing away!". There's a long thread on here about flying with a pump from about a month ago. Lots of good info there if you search for it. I don't suspend.
6. do I put my pump in the luggage thing scanner
I keep it in my pocket or in my hand. But, I admit, I've never been through a full-body scanner, just the regular metal detectors. But I'm told you shouldn't send it through the X-ray machine.
7. where should I put my site in the airpport
Meaning where on your body? It shouldn't matter. But if you need to disconnect for any reason, it's easiest to pull the reservoir out and hand them the pump (without the reservoir), rather than disconnecting from the other end. Leave the infusion site and the tubing alone.
8. Do all minimeds set off the security alarm.
Mine never did.
9. how do you cut a hole for the mio for tegederm (over)
Can't help, I don't use tegederm
10. is the cap necessary for shower/swimming
Assuming you mean the cap at the infusion site? I say no for showering and swimming pools. If going to the beach or somewhere that may have sand, I'd put it on. I once went to the beach without it (disconnected to swim), and had a hard time reconnecting because of all the sand that had gotten in the clip-part of it.
11. pump belt for a 16 year old?
I've heard of the Spibelt, but I use a cell-phone holder clipped to my belt.
12. Do airport TSA usually go through the site/reservoir bag?
Not in my experience. But if they want to, warn them that there may be sharp objects in there because of the needles. They'll probably do it very quickly (if at all) because they don't want to take the chance.
13. How many site do I bring for a trip to florida from thursday night to sunday.
I'd take double what you normally would use in that time. This way, in case you have an irritated site that you need to replace or if your flight is delayed, you can get through it. It's important to know if you're leaving on Day 1 or Day 3 of the current infusion set, though.
14. can I swim in the ocean with a site in
Medtronic isn't waterproof, so see my answer to #10. There are containers which are said to be waterproof, but I tend to find them bulky (or just don't have the right one). I'm not the best one to answer this for you.
15. can I get different sites in my shipment like a box of mio's/sure-t's and quiksets? I usually get 4 boxes per shipment.
Ask Medtronic. They'll probably check with your doctor first, so make sure he/she is on-board with it.
16. does anyone wear their site in their butt?/ where do you wear yours?
See my answer to #2
17. if you do need a pump replacement within your warranty time of 4 years can you get a different color?
I believe Medtronic will try to get the color you want, but can't guarantee it. It will likely never come up, though, so don't worry about it of you don't need to.
18. do you have to fill canula with the mio even if you already prime the site and drops come out at the canula prior to insertion?
If the Mio is like other infusion sets, every time you change the set you need to prime/fill-cannula. So if you change tubing and not the set, then no. If you change the set and not the tubing, then yes. You will never see drops coming out of the cannula because it will already be inserted in you.
19. Do you change your site every 2 or 3 days
3... but sometimes even 4 (or 4 1/2), though it gets irritated and sometimes less effective by then.
20. are these questions insane?
Not at all, but your use of the term "site" is confusing... generally the part that sticks to your body (and penetrates the skin) is considered the infusion set, or just the "set". The site is the location on your body that you choose to use, You don't deliver, carry, or use multiple sites.