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Re: [IP] insulin questions



yes i use the alcohol swaps I also use Tegaderm between me and the adhesive
from the set because i was having some itching. It definately helps The Dr
is calling in a updated script for me for more vials. Thanks all for your
advice
Kerry


On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Liliana Wells <email @ redacted> wrote:

> Are you using some kind of skin prep to disinfect it really good?  I only
> use alcohol after taking a shower and before changing a set.  Some other
> people use other types of adhesives or disinfecting methods.  It sounds
> like you are getting s tiny infection, which would affect your absorption.
>  Ask your doctor to write a prescription for three vials, instead of two if
> he can.  Good luck.
>
>
> On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM, Kerry Thorne <email @ redacted>
> wrote:
>
> > I remember 14 years ago when I first went on insulin I was throwing out
> > partial vials because the Dr. said it was only good for 28 days once
> > opened, now I'm using the whole thing and having to ask for more. I
> haven't
> > figured out a secure way of reusing the tubing yet and I only will do it
> > once if i do. it makes sense to me to try to stretch our dollars and
> > supplies. I have insurance but not as good as years ago and my co-pays
> are
> > a lot higher now. My husbands insurance swapped to Express scripts, I
> guess
> > it was Medco before and they only cover 1 brand of test strips now..not
> > mine and only will cover humalog, not novalog. I have figured out Express
> > scripts is pretty much useless if you have any real health problems. I
> > recently got my own insurance through my job and its a better plan but
> the
> > copay is higher.
> >
> > The reason I'm changing a set so often is I've had a couple of times the
> > set was irritating me or I wasn't getting any insulin absorption even
> > though i was testing and pumping. When i changed the site the "hole" was
> > red and black irritated and swollen and I read it was one reason that
> > BGwould be high when pumping is lack of absorption at a irritated
> > site. I try
> > to take it right up to a low reservoir but sometimes i cant.
> >
> >  BTW I really glad to have this group to run things by. It helps to have
> > someone to bounce things off especially as a new pumper like myself.
> >
> > Kerry
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Liliana Wells <email @ redacted>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Kerry - I re-use my reservoir as well as my tubing.  As I have no
> > > insurance, every little bit counts.  Some doctors and IP members advice
> > > against this practice as it can cause infections from bacteria going up
> > the
> > > tubing.  I have also noticed that there are only so many times you can
> > use
> > > the same reservoir.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM, Kerry Thorne <email @ redacted>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > My Dr has me on 2 vials of insulin per month at a $40 copay. I load
> 200
> > > > units per reseviour and sometimes i have to change my set early so im
> > > > noticing im running out before the end of the month. Has anyone taken
> > the
> > > > leftover from the last resevour you used and pulled it into the new
> one
> > > so
> > > > as not to waste. I did it this morning with no bubbles it was 60
> units
> > > and
> > > > since its so expensive i didnt want to throw it out just because my
> set
> > > was
> > > > bad. I use the Medtronic 530g. I also just sent her a email to see
> if i
> > > > need to increase my perscription
> > > > Kerry
> > > >
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