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[IP] Re: Site Changes
- Subject: [IP] Re: Site Changes
- From: "Richard Aleksander" <email @ redacted>
- Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 02:05:26 -0500
on Sun, 9 May 1999 22:31:43 EDT
Robin, email @ redacted wrote about
[IP] site changes
>I need help. Can one of you experienced people come to my house and put in
>sons TENDER please?
Where do you live? Hopefully in Italy? B.C.? NYC? Chicago? Catalina?
America On Line IS all over Europe and Canada, right?
(snip) But back to business,
>We put the Emla cream on (at his request he didn't want ice) and inserted
Emla may mask a bad insert. If it's possible, avoid it. Correctly done, a
tender insert can be next to painless.
>I went to insert a new on -on the other side and it went in too
>shallow...sheesh.....had to do it again.
How do you know your insert was excessively shallow? Did the tip pierce the
skin like you might want when using a safety pin? That would fit my
definition of excessively shallow.
Tenders can be inserted real shallow. How shallow?
After I insert a tender, I can definitely feel the needle when I draw my
finger over the skin above. Insert at about ten degrees or 1/2 to 1/3 of
one of these "<". Just under the skin. At this level, there's seldom
blood, no pain. Another pumper is advising 45 degrees. It's too deep.
Ignore that advice.
>I know there is a learning curve to this. Kevin (snip) is sticking
>with the TENDERS for now. Tell me there is a learning curve and you've
>been thru this! Right???
Absolutely, it does get easier and faster with experience.
Shave the hair, scrub with surgical cleanser, wipe with IV-Prep. Wait for
drying. Stretch skin taut (don't pinch) find a pore and/or insert at hair
follicle. Push into the skin to the hilt of the needle. It should go
completely painless when you withdraw the needle.
The infusion site starts itching after a couple of days. If it's itching
outside the patch, you can treat it with some topical cortisone cream.
Replace the tender when the itching gets unbearable and/or you can see red
through the clear plastic viewer.
Richard, veteran of 150 site changes, D-pumper since 11/97
email @ redacted
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