We are headed to Myrtle Beach for vacation & for my son Spencer, this will be his 1st beach trip with the pod. Last year he was on MDI. My question is any suggestions on pod location, and securing the pod. I've noticed after a day or two the adhesive starts to break down & the pod is not as secure. Has anyone had problem w/ pool or beach & the pod staying secure?
Also, I just purchased a MAC and realize Co-Pilot is not compatible. I know I can bootcamp my MAC & then use that to download his PDM to his doctor. Just wondering if anyone has a MAC & how/if you use it to download data?
Thanks in advance for your responses and help. You guys are AMAZING!!!!
Maybe a little Uni-solve would help get rid of that residue. It's great for unsticking "sticky stuff."
Have you tried simply using baby oil to remove the adhesive? You can purchase products to remove adhesive but I have found that baby oil & a cotton ball or something of the sort works just as well...not to mention its cheaper! I use allkare every time I change my pod to help with skin irritation (mainly it drys out my skin & causes itching). I'm much older then your son..however I'm very active with water sports in the summer which often leads me to hit the water with high impact from water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, etc. This almost ALWAYS results in my pod ripping off. On days with this type of activity I make sure to use Skin Tac as it is stronger. For even more security (I mainly use when water skiing to keep the pod from ripping off of the adhesive piece) you can use something like hypafix: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dhpc&...
I get everything from amazon.
My 7 year old daughter wears it on her toosh, so bands don't really work for that area. She's always in the pool and what we've found works is that we put a 1" x 5" piece of hypafix tape across the part of the pod where it goes from skinny to fat. Then I take tegaderm and cut out a hold in the middle using an old pod as a template and I put it over the pod so it reinforces everything. It works so well for us that we do it now as a routine part of the pod change regardless of if she's swimming or not.
Do you put the tegaderm around the pod first & then use the hypafix? Also, which size/kind of the tegaderm do you buy & where do you purchase it?
You can buy tegaderm from any Internet medical / diabetes supply company, and regular sites like amazon and ebay sell it too. I found out last year that my insurance company actually pays for tegaderm, so now I just get direct from them. We use 4 inch by 4 3/4 inch (10 cm x 12 cm), product code 1626 or 1626W. They are the same thing - both have a "window" dressing, which means you can see the placement when you put it on - but the 1626 just has a piece of paper you have to peel off off the window before placing. Get whatever's cheapest.
My son didn't have any trouble keeping the pod on, but the salt water seemed to irritate the skin under the adhesive. I suggest bringing extras as we ended up changing the pod a day early. Have fun!
Hi Mike hope you have a great time at the beach. Please look at my home page to see what I use. Alchol first when dry then Cavalon it is a liquid wipe that dries fast and protects my hide from the adhesive, pod next, after insertion cover with Kinesio tape. the tape is very sticky also thin and stretchy which is what it was made for. It is water proof and does'nt leave any glue when removed. I fold a small piece of the pod adheisive over on itself to make removal simple. The whole piece comes off in one fell swoop when I am ready to remove, but is bullet proof the rest of the time. I have done hot tubs with no problems but changed to Novolog insulin because it is more robust. Had problems the last 12 hrs with Apidra. Sorry I can't help with the Mac. Have a great summer.
I did go in the hot tub a few times but as i wear the pod on my arm it was not really in the water
We use skin tac (under) and tegaderm (over), and on pool or high sweat days we use vetrap. (I have a super sweaty kid.) However the vetrap can get a bit irritating - it's not that soft - so if it's going to be on a while we have cut the bottom off a sock, slide it up his leg, and put it under the vetrap.
I have had really good success cleaning the area with an alcohol wipe, then Skin Tac. After I apply the pod I put two inch wide strips of Opsite flexifix across both ends of the pod. I have yet to sweat or wash one off since doing this, but I still knock it off sometimes. I also do this for my Dexcom.