For those of you that use Silhouettes do use the inserter harpoon thing. It looks dangerous.
Being serious I'd like to know if you use the Sil-Serter or do it manually. There are tutorials on their Medtronics web site showing how to insert both ways. I have recieved some samples to try out and wonder which way everyone prefers.
The inserter for the current Medtronic cgm is similar to the Silserter....okay once you get the hang of it. We prefer the Mio for cannual insertion...very easy!
I also prefer the Mio, once you get the hang of it. Easy to insert, less painful and less scar tissue.
Quik sets and Sils, both manual
I inserted a Silhouette this afternoon. I used the Sil-serter because I wanted to prove to myself that I'm not a wimp. It went well, the next one I think I'll try manually.
I removed a 9mm Quickset that was bent at a 90 degree angle near the tip. I don't see how it was working but it was. I hope the Silhouettes work better. Still think that harpoon is a good description of the inserter.
looks like I need to do some more research on available options. I thought the Medtronic Harpoon Gun was the only option, duh.
My main problem with it is that, depsite its' fearsome apperance, it lacks the horsepower to drive theneedle all the way in. This means I have to keep teh tool in place, and push the needle to full depth; slow and painful!
I've been wondering about the silhouette too. For years I've been using the quick-set. I don't have a lot of fat so I think the sil will be a better option. I also want to prove I'm not a wimp. I use the CGM senserter and find that it does not drive the needle deep enough either. I would like to know: what is the Milo?
The Mio is similar to the Quickset but comes with its own built in inserter.
Manual for me. I like that if it looks like it will be a bleeder I can pull it out and try elsewhere. The first time, I didn't realize I should hold it at same angle it went in until the introducer needle is removed--my skin was bulging up as I tried to press the set flat without removing the needle. Ouch!
I used the sil-serter the few times I used silhouettes. I was too much of a wimp to do them manually. But alas, the sets didn't work that well for me - the Quicksets (with Quickserter) work much better.
I do it both ways but my favorite is manually. Both have their moments when they are painful but for the most part, if its inserted manually for me, the chances of it being painful are slimmer.