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Re: [IP] Infusion sets

John, I hope you don't test to see what you might have stepped in on
your shoe the same way you check to see if that fluid was insulin..
Usually insulin has a weird smell... Really gross smell if you ask
me.. why can't they make it smell like strawberries or something?

John Neale wrote:
> Calling on the experienced...
> I find sometimes that when I take out the infusion set, a small amount of
> clear fluid forms around the entrance hole. Is this normal? I'm using straight
> Humalog with Sof-Set. At first I thought this was body fluid, but today I
> tasted it and it definitely tastes of insulin. Several units-worth sometimes.
> Is this a case of poor absorbtion? I thought humalog was absorbed through the
> fat layer very quickly. I change before giving a bolus.
> I'm changing the set every 3 or 4 days. I left it in for 5 days once 'as an
> experiment' and got a small infection. Do you reckon I should try out the H &
> R mixing? If I can extend the life of a set, it would be great, because in
> Britain the health service won't pay for these things, so it's all coming out
> of my thin bank account. Dumb question maybe, but how do you mix it? Do you do
> just draw the 2 up into the reservoir and let it mix itself or do you prepare
> a vial of mixed insulin?
> Thanks
> John Neale
> Type 1, 21 yrs. MiniMed507+Humalog since Dec 97
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