Pumping Our Insulin


Pumping Our Insulin

Group for those that are pumping. Come and exchange tips on using your pump. Discuss the differences of the different types of pumps out on the market, infusion sets and pump accessories.

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Comment by Kristin on January 24, 2010 at 11:58pm
Hi Rose, yes it sounds like an infusion set problem. You might need to try a different type of infusion set if this happens again.

When I see highs like this, I give an injection right away to be sure that I have insulin in me. Then I change the infusion set. If the problem continues, I change the insulin.

I have been pumping for 5 years and only had 2 experiences like this. So it should be rare! If you find an infusion set that works well for you, this shouldn't happen often.
Comment by Peggy Hall on January 24, 2010 at 9:32pm
Rose - you're OK - put some neosporin on the red spot, and when you change sites - Wash your hands, use alcohol preps on your insulin bottle, and on your skin where you'll be putting your new site. Change your infusion set everytime you fill your insulin cartridge - never leave it in there more than 3 days. It's possible that you stuck your infusion set in where there was some old scar tissue from an injection.

Check & correct often! :)
Comment by Laura S. on January 24, 2010 at 7:37pm
When my sites die, they die real good.
I know how many days I can get away with and if I forget to change, the bg's are a real indication of that.
There are also more lumps and bumps the longer I leave one in.
You are doing the right thing, but might want to judge exactly when this happens to you.
Comment by Rose Joelle on January 24, 2010 at 6:55pm
Ok, I am freaking out a little bit! I started the pump for the first time ever on Monday (1/18) I have been doing okay. First few days a lot of lower sugars than I am used to. But today I have been high! And just now I was 511 without any real reasoning! I pulled out my infusion set and there is a red lump that looks a lot like a bug bite - did I mention that in this site (unlike the first one) I had some sting when insulin went in especially today. Did I want to long to change it or something? What went wrong! ? ! ? ! I am changing sites now!
Comment by Hector Gonzalez on January 11, 2010 at 9:48am
For those that have a MAC and want to use Carelink can install a virtual machine in your mac to emulate windows, and use the actual hardware you aready have ( your mac) .
Can use a sotfware call Pararells </<br /> Hope it helps !!
Comment by MelissaBL on January 10, 2010 at 7:40pm
Fear not, Tyler. I've pumped for ten years on like seven different models of pumps and never had a pump malfunction like those crazy one-in-a-million stories. You're going to love it!
Comment by Tyler on January 10, 2010 at 6:03pm
Hey Everyone.

So Im scheduled to start pumping this week. I have the MiniMed Paradigm, Ive been on Saline to get the hang of things..lots to learn, but I'm excited.

I read in the forums about some Horror stories, of pumps malfunctioning, emptying the whole cartridge at once, even read that some have died from this..Needless to say this scares the hell out of me. My excitement has turned to fear...

Any words of wisdom to ease the nerves??
Comment by Dan W. on December 20, 2009 at 9:15am
Hi Cristina -

You should definitely accept the carelink USB! I have a mac, and although you do need access to windows to upload from the pump, you can then access the site analyze data and create reports from the mac side, with a little tweaking...

I run windows via boot camp on the mac, and upload every week or so, but there are many options. The details can be found on a few earlier threads, I'll post the links if I can find them...
Comment by Christina Luis on December 19, 2009 at 10:27pm
Hi Everyone I have a pumping question - Madison has a MiniMed 722 - they offered us a CareLink usb device however the teacher informed me that it can only be used with a PC and no Mac. I know there are some Mac users here, how do you upload your pump #'s?
Comment by Amy on November 20, 2009 at 11:24am
I love my Omnipod. I wear it around my waist mostly. It is not really that noticeable. Most people will never know unless you tell them. :0)

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