We had our first pod failure tonight - as in where it "screams" at you - right after we put a new one on and started a bolus. We've been at this almost 6 months, so I guess one out of 50 is not so bad.
At any rate, I was only able to draw out half the insulin. Since my daughter only uses about 55 units in three days, I only put in the minimum (85u). And obviously since we had just put it on her, there were 85 units in there, but all I got was mostly air.
Does anybody have any tips or tricks for retrieving the unused insulin? Should the pod be flat on the counter or angled with the fill hole at the bottom? I pulled the plunger up really slowly, but it still didn't work very well. Thanks in advance!
Whenever I get a pod failure alarm—sometimes right after I put a new one on, or sometimes during the priming—I'm only able to retrieve no more than 50 units MAX. I've had best success with the 'dead' pod on the counter while inserting the syringe @ 90°. 50 units seems to be the maximum accessible once the pod has begun priming.
What do you have to pay for insulin? As in my case all insulin is covered by the health insurance it is easy for me to say "forget about it". It is not worth taking it out. But I looked at the cost of one unit and it is about €0.02 (euro) or US$ 0.03 per unit. In your case US$ 1.65 (55units). It is not worth taking the risk of pollution or other problems. But again I do not know what you are paying for insulin.
As I am Dutch I hate wasting money. So for instance I use every Pod the full 80 hours and safe one Pod every month. But again do not take any risk if you can afford it.
I had a pod fail last night with 100 units. I hold the pod upside down , face level, and retrieve the insulin with the syringe ....I also shake it a little as Im doing this. This works for me. I got just about all of it.
It doesn't happen often fortunately.
When you say "upside down" you mean with the flat part/adhesive side facing downward? I'll have to try that next time. Thanks!
It is much easier to see the orientation if you remove the adhesive part then you will see the vial inside. Make sure the syringe is at the bottom just like when you draw from the bottle.Should be able to get most all back out. But if the pod has not been deployed as in snapped then removal requires removal of the plastic sanatary cap. Best wishes on your pod wear. I'm lovin them.
If you pop open the pod itself, you can insert the needle directly into the resevoir through the plastic and remove the entire contents, as you've ony just loaded it and you use the same syringe needle, all of which have just come out of a sterile packet, there are no issues with contamination
Hi , Ive taken the cover -top rounded piece off and found A wheel/gear at the end of the internal vial. it only turns one way and clicks when it does. this pushes the plunger foward pumping the insulin out the tube.. I don't think i would go through all that / but
Just info ive found
I hold the pod verticle with the fill hole on the bottom. Insert the syringe and pull all the way back. There's usually vacuum created with the resistance of the plunger but I find that if I just hold it like that, most of the insulin will eventually come out. If you have someone to help, they can tap on the pod with a pen or something to help "unstick" the plunger and get it to move easier.