Re: [IP] Completely bummed
Here's how I did it. I would make sure I scrubbed the insertion site when I
took my shower that day, with a rough wash cloth or loofa--a bit of
exfoliation for better adhesion. Then, fill the reservoir for the number of
days of insulin I wanted to use the set (I reused reservoirs also). See
your daily use on the pump, multiply by number days you need to use the
I cleaned the insertion site thoroughly as always. Everything else was the
same, mainly more insulin in the reservoir. There are other Pumpers who do
this. I did it with very few ill effects: a couple of times, absorption was
reduced. A few other times, the site became slightly inflamed, and I
removed the set. Oddly enough, the very last time I did this, both happened
simultaneously. (This only happened that one time, thank goodness).
Extended use worked better on my torso than on alternative sites.
You probably won't have to keep the sets in for as long as I did. (!) I
have heard of people using sets for MUCH longer than I ever did, however,
with no ill effects. Even an additional day can extend supplies. I had zero
noticeable effects after one additional day, regardless of the site. In
general, I had very few noticeable effects with extended use of infusion
sets, but there are unseen effects such as scarring, the aforementioned
absorption issues, and potential infection. I can honestly say, from
personal experience, that these are unlikely. YMMV!
As soon as I got a pump, I stopped having to take 7 or 8 shots a day.
Lantus and its friends didn't work. The pump and several basals did. So I
did what I had to to stay on it. I hope your situation looks brighter soon.
You came to a wonderful forum for help to keep pumping. You might get told
off, and quoted out of context, but you will get help!
On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Rick Priore <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Thank you so much for the kind words can you explain to me in detail how
> you go about using the sets a little bit longer
> > Rick,
> > Quite frankly--and I wouldn't recommend this if I hadn't done it for
> > two years--you can use infusion sets for more than three days. *It's not
> > ideal, unlike the rest of a poor diabetic's life.* People who live in
> > a perfectly insured, well-funded world will be shocked and appalled. And
> > will chew you out. Over here in the real world, however...
> > I extended a few months of generously donated sets to two years because I
> > was dead serious about staying on the pump, uninsured, too sick to work.
> > Donators are lifesavers, right? I know that. But even they couldn't
> > two years worth of pump supplies. So.
> > Using sets an extra day (or ten!) can help when both supplies and cash
> > low. It's your choice. This is an emergency option that with care, can
> > your supplies last longer.
> > Meanwhile, blessings, good luck, and joy to you and your precious son!
> > are wealthy indeed.
> > B
> > On Friday, January 24, 2014, Rick Priore
> > > Being a type 1 since I was 9 years old and now going on 43 I finally
> > it
> > > get to me. I always find myself struggling to get supplies mainly quick
> > > sets my insurance charges an arm and a leg I'm sure just like everyone
> > else
> > > and I like a lot of other people fall into the category of the working
> > > poor. I had help from a few members on here and I feel like they were
> > angel
> > > sent from heaven so tonight as I was switching sites I realize I'm
> > > completely out of supplies a box of old Kwikset I have I opened and had
> > > never seen a connecting and like this before so as I reach for it
> > > when it hit me I have one 9 millimeter Kwikset left which they tend to
> > not
> > > work very well on me because im sowie I normally use a 6 millimeter so
> > > call mini Med to see if they could send me emergency supply which will
> > last
> > > me for 6 days since I change every 3 days and I waited for 47 minutes
> > > them to answer the phone and the person that got on the phone was
> > > completely oblivious to anything I was trying to explain to her it
> > sounded
> > > like she was reading directly from a manual trying to solve my problems
> > so
> > > now lol I'm sitting here trying to figure out how in the world I'm
> > to
> > > get supplies after spending close to 2,000 dollars to move me and my
> > > into an apartment from which I was staying with a friend for 7 months
> > > its very very difficult to try and raise a five year old in someone
> > else's
> > > house and also deal with the everyday stress and worry you have of the
> > > disease if anyone could offer up any kind of suggestions or help I
> > > greatly appreciate it.
> > > .
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