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.
When I used the Sil, I always did it manually. This way, if I hit scar tissue (or an internal organ, as it sometimes felt!) I would know immediately rather than after inserting it all the way and writhing in pain. Alas, now I use the Sure-T, which is also a manual-insertion.
By the way, I'm a "slow-poke", which means I insert the needle slowly and methodically. If you're more of a quick jabber, it probably won't make much of a difference.
I have to last about your last comment! I am a 'slow-poke', too. In fact, I found an old video of one of my first insterts with the Sil. Super slow :
What I DID like about the manual insertion is the fact you can control the depth. Whether you need to go deeper, or less at an angle.
I prefer to manually insert these as you can gently put the canula in. The Sil-serter acts like a harpoon and sometimes tangles up the sticky stuff and hits blood vessels which can be avoided by manual insertion. (The needle looks horrendous but does not go in the full length. Be brave! They are by far the most comfortable of the sets that I've tried.
I had problems with sil-serter and just used it to manually insert so no tape problems.I would cock it and then insert manually instead of using button. Iw worked for me now I am using Sure-T's
I thought I would revisit this post. I have now inserted the Sils both ways. Think I prefer manual way the best. I know the needle looks intimidating but I think I feared the harpoon more.
I believe my instincts were right. Manual insertion was a much smoother process. I found using the Sil-serter to be a bone jarring experience.
Sils are working much better for me. I'm on my third and haven't had one fail yet. With the quicksets a large percentage failed , even the 6mm one that they sent me as a sample.
I had also tried the Sure-T which I also liked. I may re-visit them in the future because I liked the simplicity of the insertion method.