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Re: [IP] Bad Sites

Hi Bonnie,
 You mentioned using a silhouette and a needle. My silhouettes were all plastic
 so I may not be understanding correctly. I went through a tough time with scar
 tissue for a while when I was on my mm pump using silhouettes. I switched to a
sure-T for a couple of reasons.  I am allergic to everything and figured it 
might be latex allergy which can happen over time..  Minimed will send you a 
sample.   The switch helped a lot but that dang scar tissue was still 
 problematic, I had a hard time reaching my hips due to diminished flexibility.
 So pump sites were disappearing and I was going through supplies, Twelve years
of pumping seemed to have changed my skin and fat where I used the pump.

So after switching to sureT infusion sets, my next step was strength training 
 with a heavy focus on improving my balance.. It is two days working with
 and 3 days cardio. I have been doing that for less then 4 months. I no longer
 have problems with scar tissue. The change in skin/fat at pump sites has pretty
much reversed itself.   I do not enjoy exercise but it has made too big of a 
 positive difference. I just saw my endo who could not believe how much better
I have been doing with the strength training.  

You may want to try the sureT and the strength training.....

From: Bonnie Richardson <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted
Sent: Mon, January 31, 2011 5:25:01 PM
Subject: [IP] Bad Sites

Hello my dear pumping buddies........

I am having a serious problem with my pump sites being & going bad quickly.  I
use my midriff, upper and lower, upper arms, thighs.   I will change a site as
needed for a new reservoir.   Check bg, then check bg one hour later and
depending on my physical activity level it will be ok or will be high if I am
just sitting.  If High, I bolus and give it a second chance.   Test and bg
will be at two hundred level. Often, I go for a third trial after a generous
bolus for the two hundred.   A couple of hours later, it will be higher. So I
change sites again.   Process is frequently repeated four times in a two day

Yesterday.  I went through four canella sets.  One site seemed fine when I
removed canella, one sent a few drops of blood, one had a nice little bruise

I have at least a 1/2 inch of body fat through mid section, with spots of an
inch of body fat.   I have been poking holes in this area (even tried breasts)
for 27 years, so I know there is scar tissue everywhere.  I use the Silhouette
Paradigm with 17 mm needle. I insert just barely under skin and parallel with
skin.  Prime .6 for tube.

Would a shorter needle give me a better chance as it would, maybe, avoid scar
tissue?  I am open to any suggestions or comments.  I am about to go back to
no pump and just jab a needle in anywhere every couple hours.  I am at my wits
end, to put it mildly, plus, I have five pounds of tubing (keep trying to
recycle as much as possible) in a drawer.

Actually, I am of the school "You can have my pump when you pry it from my
cold dead hands!"  I just need to come up with a solution to this bad site

Thanks to all of you.  Y'all are a great group

Bonnie, 'Bama gal
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