[Previous Months][Date Index][Thread Index][Join - Register][Login]
[Message Prev][Message Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
[IP] Long term pumping (was: A Question that is driving me crazy)
On Tue, 31 Mar 1998 Ruth Elowitz <email @ redacted> wrote:
> I've had a minimed pump for 17 years and frequently have this
> problem (from Cheri :) Do you find that tight clothing
> sometimes causes pain in your stomach or where ever you
> have your infusion set? I am a dancer and wear tights
> all the time. I sometimes get a pain where my infusion
> set is after wearing the tights for a long period of time.
> Sometimes anything that puts any pressure hurts, other times
> anything that rubs back and forth hurts and sometimes not much
> hurts. The first 10 years I was on the pump, my stomach was always
> sore and often painful. I've acquired a roll of fat I think might
> be from all my teenage and 20s years of trying so hard not to move
> much. In the last 7-8 years that problem has greatly reduced.
> Every time I finally (after 6 months to a year) start to think I
> might have beat it comes back repeatedly -- but never terribly
> painful, just sore.
I'm an 18 year pumper and I have had similar occurances, although I
definitely do not dance, have never worn a dress or leotards.
I found that I was HIGHLY allergic to the original stainless catheters
we all started with and went pretty quickly to the ORIGINAL teflons
(which were IV teflons which we used lots of tape to hold in/down with
that ugly luer-lock connect at less than an inch from the insertion
The first catheters that have really seemed helpful are the Pureline
Comforts (or whatever Minimed and Disetronics is now calling them).
I find that I have to change catheters every two-three days or my
sugars go BONKERS. I have also discovered that a sugar flux of 50-75
points will cause catheter 'funnies' i.e. the site will hurt and act
up and blood sugar will start to rise.
Any pain or funny feelings in Cath are a signal to CHANGE IT ASAP.
I remember trying the 4-7 day teflon trick but between the yucky
feelings at site, the yucky blood sugars and the lousy overall blood
work resulting from a few months of this, my doctor had a CAKE time
convincing me that 2 days was a LIMIT not a MINIMUM!!!
The Comfort catheters insert at a slight angle to skin so that they
don't go very deep and they seem to be easier to handle than other
teflons I've used in past. They also are easiest to disconnect from
which makes showers etc. much easier.
Yerachmiel Bruchya haLevi Altman
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/