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Re: [IP] Not quitting but close to it


I also use the 6mm Quicksets with the Quickserter and had some problems with
kinked cannulas when I first started pumping.  A couple people on the list
suggested I do the following:

1.  When I insert, I make sure to press down really well on the Quickserter
before removing it.
2.  Then I push in on the introducer needle a few times before removing that
as well.  I think this somehow "sets" the cannula.

Since doing the above, I haven't had a kinked cannula in over a year.  I
also prefer to use my hips, thighs, and lower abdomen (rarely).  The area
you're describing sounds like it might be too close to your belt line.  For
me, there's too much bending and twisting going on there which could kink
the cannula.

I hope this helps.  Please don't give up yet, I'm sure you'll get the hang
of it.

dx'd 3/02, pumping 8/02 clear Paradigm

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Debra Depuy" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2003 7:23 AM
Subject: [IP] Not quitting but close to it

> I need some help.  I'm a newbie to the pump.  I've had it for 5 weeks.
> Last night and today I am working through a pump crisis.  My worst fear
> about going on the pump is that it would stop working.  Well, the pump
> is working but it is not accomplishing its function.  In other words,
> the insulin is not getting to my body which in my opinion is just as
> bad.  Before going on the pump I had not had a BG over 300 in a year
> (I've only had diabeasties for 1 year and 5 months).  So some how in
> inserting the quickset something is going wrong.  I am using 6mm QS
> with the quicksetter.  The location is just above the belly button
> crease - about 1 inch a above that fold.  I don't have very much fat
> but I can pinch a good inch there.  Twice I have taken out the "bad"
> site to find it never went in.  One time it had gone in but the end of
> the cannual was bent.  This is the second time in 5 weeks that I have
> had this crisis.  I'm on my 4th site in 24 hours and I'm not sure this
> one is good.  I'm not stupid.  I am trainable.  What am I doing wrong?
> I have called my pump trainer but I think you guys might be better at
> finding my errors.  I only read the digest so by the time I get this
> digest I hope I have a good site going again.
> Any suggestions: on what I'm doing wrong?
> how to tell if a site is bad before letting bg rise to 300+?
> how frequently I will experience bad site crisis like this?
> (twice in 5 weeks seems like more than my share :P)
> thanks in advance,
> debra
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