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Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2000
Help, guys. I've been on a Minimed 508 for
about two weeks now, and most stuff seems to be going well. This is
largely due to the many helpful hints I've gleaned from this list, as my CDE
is almost completely unavailable (nice but overworked).
The one thing that's really tripping me up is
insertions. I'm using the silhouettes, which were recommended 'cause I'm
on the thin side and am very athletic, but I'm finding them really painful to
insert. Ice kind of helps, and the pain wouldn't be that big a deal in
itself. The big problem is that, almost every time so far, I've
checked my sugars every hour or so after putting on a new set, and ended up
having to reinsert within 4 hours because I obviously haven't been getting
insulin. Usually, I do okay on the second try, but this seems to be by
random luck, and I'd like a more reliable method. I don't want my sugars
up liek this 2-3 times a week, nor to be using up sets at this rate, nor to
have a gut that looks and feels like killer bees have recently nested on
Stuff I'm already doing: I'm avoiding the
beltline and the belly button areas. I had been trying to insert the
introducer needle at the 30 degree angle the manual recommends, and then I
read online that some of you recommend an even shallower angle, but this seems
more painful without being more effective.
Do you guys have any other ideas?
Yours in total gratitude--