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[IP] Re: CATHETERS
There has been banter back and forth on this:
CAN SOMEONE ADD THIS Information TO ONE OF THE FAQ's???
#1: when prepping to put in catheter, peel back the corners of back
part of tape (the part that is NOT around the needle) so that
removing this tape will be far easier when needed.
#2: when ready to insert catheter, I have found that SPREADING the
skin (rather than pinching it as we have always been taught to do)
works better. I beleive someone at a teflon catheter company told
me this as a hint prior to there being specific 'teflon caths' for
the insulin pump (we used to use thin IV teflons with luer locks:
think how that would be to tape down and live with).
#3: PAIN: Any hint of a site 'not feeling right' (eye, feel, whatever)
should be regarded as a DON'T HIT ME sign. I've found that I can
get catheters in (myself) about 190-200degrees around body &&
about four-five inch verticle spacing. USE ALL SITES POSSIBLE.
#4: Despite the constantly advertised 'value' of long term catheters
I STILL change 'em minimally every three days (and thats only if
for some reason I haven't eaten or otherwise haven't used up my
supply). I purposely use the syringe shortener (for safety as
well) to limit how much can 'go in' and only fill enough for 2-3
days. I do remember in the old days going longer: AND getting
into trouble doing it. No thank you
#5: Cost of supplies. Look at this as an insurance policy: if I spend
$10.00/day ($3600/year) taking care of myself I don't get a number
of trips to hospitals, specialists and various and assundry
not-so-fun places to go.
#6: SUPPORT: This is probably THE most important thing we can do
for each other. Even an old 'expert' like me (almost twenty
years on the pump) still appreciates having a support line and
people who are also 'going through it'.
#7: If you follow the plan you get a Joslin GOLD key necklace (50
years diabetic). (I plan on being one of the youngest admitted
to this group, as I will be diabetic 50 years in fourteen years,
a month after my 52 birthday).
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Author: DMaislin <email @ redacted> at tcpgate
Date: 03/04/98 5:47 PM
WHAT IS THE TRICK?
Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.bizsystems.com/Diabetes/