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[IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V2 #433
The argument over three, four, five, six and more days on the same set
is kind of suprising to me.
It seems to me that the problem of infection is introduced when
something is inserted into the body. This being the case, only when
one changes sets or changes the feeding tube can any problem occur (as
long as the site is CLEAN and SEALED and taped very well).
After years and years of testing everything from straight stainless
catheters, stainless with 'wings', IV teflons (prior to introduction
of special teflons for the pump as we now enjoy), and a variety of
soft-set, tender and other concoctions I am thoroughly convinced that
a] milage WILL vary
b] everyone IS different
c] What he sees may NOT be what you will get
d] all tapes are bad news in winter and jokes in the summer
e] After two days my body just doesn't care how much insulin I pump
into that catheter, it stops paying attention to it
f] If Humalog at U30 .. U50 was available I would be using it in the
pump to increase number of basal hits/hour.
Having said all this, the worst i've ever had was a soft-ball size
something under the skin at the site of a stainless catheter (which
had been in about two + days). At that point I decided to
experimentally try teflon IV catheters with doctors 'quiet' advice (I
didn't tell you to do this but this is what will work if you want to
continue on the pump which is the only thing that has seemed to work
anywhere close to this well for you)....
speaking from the ancient days of diluting insulin to get the basal
rate set. (any new pumpers who complain about complexity of the
device should PLEASE speak to me. I am I am I am going to write up a
'my first three years pumping' article....I'm just afraid of all the
ghosts which will revisit me from those years past....Makes clinitest
look like phun!).
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