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[IP] insertion sites
> did notice a red, slightly tender elevated bump at the site after
> removing the old site.......is day #5 on this set........
> I usually keep the infusion set in about 4 days, sometimes
> less when I suspect absorption problems after I experience
> unexplained high BG's.
> Have others re-filled their pump reserviors? If so, how do you
> do it and what has been your experience?
Janet. I reuse the syringe at LEAST 4 times, sometimes more...I usually can
NOT remember when i last changed it...I have never used one so long that the
numbers rub off, but I would say a box of 30 would last me over a year...When
I do this, I prepare it the same as if it was empty and I was starting over:
1. Unhook it from me (I use the tender/comfort)
2. Take syringe out of pump. Pull all insulin from tubing back into syringe
until I get bubbles in top of syringe.
3. Disconnect tubing from syringe and attach the needle (which by the way, I
re-use Many many times. The bent needle sets used to come with a USABLE cap
on the end that you could attach to the base of the needle and it stayed on -
unlike these cheap ones that come on the Comfort/Tender nowadays. I don't use
the bent needles anymore but I kept 4 or 5 caps, and just attach them to the
needle after i remove it from syringe...I rotate needles every couple of
months, when ever it seems like it is having difficulty poking thru the bottle
4. Draw insulin from bottle into syringe - get rid of bubbles by flicking
with my finger or a pen. Remove needle, re cap it and re-attache tubing...
5. Prime as usual.
I get 5 or more days per set and like you, try to stretch - for a variety of
reasons - #1 being that I hate poking myself, so if my sugars are ok and the
site is not red or tender...what the heck - a day without poking is a good day
I would venture to say that your site being red and sore was NOT a result of
refilling the reservoir, but perhaps it was just a bad site, or was ready to
be changed anyway.
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