Last night I changed Alex's pod right before his shower. The humidity yesterday was about 89%. After he got out of the shower I noticed that all of the adhesive around the pod was lifted up and not sticking. We taped him up for today, but he will be swimming at the YMCA tomorrow so I think it's best to change the pod tonight. What is the procedure for removing the insulin from the pod so we do not waste 100 units. I tried removing the insulin once before but I was not successful. Any tips?
What works for me is inserting the syringe that comes with the pod back in and just drawing it out as best you can. I think it helps to tilt the pod slightly as you pull it out. I'm curious to see if there is a better tip, becasue I never can get all of the insulin back out...maybe about 70%. Good luck!
That's how I do it, any other tips would be great!
I find that not everyone can do it...I myself need to have my wife do it whenever I need to remove insulin from the pod...I guess it is just a matter of being able to get a "feel" for it. When she does it, she just uses one of the syringes they include with the pods and draw from the hole on the bottom towards the "pointed" end of the pod. Dont be discouraged if you dont draw insulin on the first try...she has drawn a blank in the past but she now can draw all 150 units in one try. Good luck, and PEACE.
I had that happen recently too. I've got 110+ degree weather lately, and there is no way not to break a sweat when outside. Put in a few minutes of yard work and "PLOP" the pod dropped to the ground as if it were never stuck to my abs. Oh well, at least it was just about time to change it anyway.
After losing my pod a few times, I now always use the Skin Tac wipes when placing the pod and carry Nexcare tape around with me in case it comes loose. I live in south Florida and deal with high humidity almost year round.
To pull the insulin out of a pod I hold it with the filler hole down and extract as much as I can using the same technique as when filling the needle from the bottle. Pull the plunger back to wherever seems appropriate for the amount of insulin, insert the needle into the pod and press the plunger and pull back slowly. Like Roxie, I get more than half but not the full amount.
Well thanks everyone. I pulled almost all of the 100 units out of the pod and put it into the new one. Working good so far.