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[IP] how do YOU change sets? (really: how long does it take)
As another experienced pumper I can report that site changes will take
anywhere from a few minutes to close to half an hour (I have had a few
AWEFUL site bleeding problems, some of which I could blame on motrin's
cousins which thin blood but some of which are just when a catheter
gets pulled out as normal part of 'living').
The 'normal' changes I can do in around five or six minutes (I think)
but I've never timed it and wouldn't want to have to work under that
sort of pressure. My kids feel I'm too slow, my wife feels that I'm
not cautious enough (cleaning site, etc) and I feel like after this
many years I'm ready for NEW technology (don't forget, I go back about
fifteen years on TEFLON catheters).
I don't think 'time' is the problem: note that when a catheter is
'painful' it usually indicates a bad site: thus a resulting high
sugar, thus the skin is far more sensitive to touch (none the less
abrasion) and the hands (not to mention arms, fingers and mind) are
moving like quick sand on an incline.
By the way: has anyone got any idea how many pumps are currently in
use?? I remember back in the anceint days when we were 'numbered' but
I'm kind of curious how many have been sold and are still used (I
imagine anyone who upgraded does not use both simultaneous). Any
contacts around in Minimed or Disetronic with info??
looking forward to his eighteenth year on pump first week in June
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/
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