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Re: [IP] >Ted Quick

I used  to use soft sets when they first came out, they are the ones I was
using during my bad infections; maybe they were so comfortable that I just
let them go too many days.  Since I had vision problems , and am now blind
in one eye, I find it very difficult to get that top of the introducer
through the hole in the dressing tape. So I started using the bent needles,
but that was vision related for insertion also, so then I just went back to
the straight needles since I had a stockade of them, my vision doesn't come
into play so much with the straight ones.
I'm somewhat out of touch with the newer products, but I am learning day by
day from all the helpful people out there. Thanks!

Art Schumm

-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Quick <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted <email @ redacted>
Date: August 12, 1998 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] >Ted Quick

>Art wrote:
>> I still use the MM straight needle sets.  Are your sets bent needle, or
>> what?
>No they don't have needles, there are Teflon canulas instead. The thin
>plastic canula goes in with an "introducer needle" inside of it, which
>is pulled out once the tape tab on the base is attached to me.
>I've never used a steel needle, bent or straight, on my pump. Don't think
>very sensible, since I move around a lot and think that the needle would
>do some damage below skin level since it's stiff. The Teflon can flex quite
>a bit and usually keeps going fine.
>> I find that I must use a Betadine type cleanser, before using alcohol ,in
>> order to avoid infection at the site for about 3 to 4 days.  What kind of
>> routine are you using, and how long are your sites lasting?
>> I'm using my stomach exclusively, haven't any problems, but in the
>> beginning, I had some real bad infections that turned into something that
>> required lancing by the surgeon.  That is when I started to come down to
>> earth, and not try to over use my site before changing to another.  Now
>> I use a site for about three days, and clean the same needle and find a
>> site.  I make a box of 24 last about 3 to 4 months.  Of course, MiniMed
>> not approve of this procedure.
>I usually change every 4 days or so, occasionally longer. Mind you, I don't
>infections much at all, and use no surface cleaner or preparations on my
>before planting a set. As long as I have my daily shower I do fine, but not
>everybody can get away with that, as your experience shows.
>Ted Quick
>email @ redacted
>Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/

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