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I'm new to this list stuff so bear with me. This is long but I hope some of
this helps. I'm NOT new to pumping (5 years) and patience is required at
first (a sense of humor helps). 1. I hated the metal needles (agree OUCH!!)
and though my doctor always started people with them, if it hadn't been for
the soft-set I wouldn't be pumping. 2. I started IMMEDIATELY after giving
birth and the doughy texture of my less than in shape abdomen would NOT let me
keep a soft-set in. SO, I used my thighs for awhile. 3. It is imperative
for me to prep in this way or else my site loosens or I get irritation....I
use pHisoHex (needs a script) as the antibacterial..then clear it away with
alcohol (otherwise site won't adhere)..Let dry, bake at 350
degrees...Ooops...got carried away. No really, then I use a barrier
protective spray called Skin-Prep from Smith Nephew (no script neeeded) at a
local med supply store. Let dry and apply site. Sray again and dry, cover
whole thing with polyskin II or somehting. I never try to apply if I've
bathed in the past hour or two, and after I've put a fresh site in, I try to
not shower for many hours. Guys won't like it, but if you wear post op mesh
panties in the tub or shower, the site won't lift.
I timed it at first. Took me an hour to change a site Very frustrating with
a newborn and a toddler in the house. You get alot faster real quick.
Just like with an occasional injection, if you got the insertion site through
a small vessel, it'll bleed surprisingly more than most other times when you
remove it. Have learned to have a cotton square handy. Don't let it phase
Make sure that you are generously moving the plunger of a new syringe ALL the
way around and ALL the way up and down before you fill it. There's a
lubrication on it I understand and this seemed to have been a factor in some
problems I had once.
Hope it helps. Good luck..hang in there...LSM
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