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Re: [IPp] infusion sets for skitterish girl

We went to a Cleo---which is a lovely thing, but because my son is so thin,
the straight in insertion did not work and we had to return to the comforts.

Kristen - mom of Katie (14), Joe (12) and Will (10, dxd 3/05, pumping Cosmo
since 1/06!!)

On 7/21/06 11:30 PM, "The Kubicka Family" <email @ redacted> wrote:

>  Hi Tom,
> I would definitely recommend numbing cream for the first few months,
> especially for the first site experience so that she doesn't have a bad
> experience that colors her feelings about pumping in general.    We started
> with EMLA (need prescription and covered by insurance) that irritated Mollie
> s skin so now we use LMX4 (don't need prescription and not covered by
> insurance) both available from your pharmacist--they may need an extra day
> or two to order it in.
> A CDE might recommend *not* using numbing cream routinely because if the
> site would pull out, you may not be able to wait the 15-30 minutes it will
> take for the cream to take effect before replacing the site.  However, in
> on-line pump training, we learned that you correct with a syringe if you're
> high from the site coming out.  So it really doesn't make sense not to use
> it just for that very occasional reason.  Also, if you really need to, site
> changes can be done without the cream.  (We've done them in the YMCA locker
> room a few times after a site came out while swimming.  With all the
> distractions in the locker room, Mollie didn't complain.)
> One downfall of the numbing cream is that it can affect the adhesive staying
> on in water.  There are strategies for that though,  that we're perfecting
> this summer.
> As far as sets themselves, we use insets (http://WWW.infusion-set
> com/Default.asp?ID=88#FAQ39).  They are automatic insertion/site all in one
> unit that you dispose of after one use.  We've never used the manually
> inserted sets.  The sight of them scares me, and I would bet they'd terrify
> your daughter, as you describe her as being afraid of needles.  As a mom, I
> d do a manual insertion if I ever needed to, of course.  Just glad I've
> never needed to.  :)
> We use 6mm canula.  There's also 9mm available.  If your daughter is thin,
> they recommend the shorter 6mm canula.
> Also, I've heard some good things about the new Cleo's (http://WWW
> cleoinfusionsets.com/) , including that the automatic inserter for them
> doesn't make the loud (and jarring to skittish kids) sound when it activates
>   Don't have first-hand experience with them, though.
> Keep in mind, as you're choosing your pump that the Mini-Med pump has
> proprietary sets, so neither of these that I mention could be used with
> those pumps.
> Good luck, you'll love pumping, and I'm sure your daughter will also.  It
> gave us back a more "normal" lifestyle!
> Melissa
> Married to Tom 20 years
> Mom to Jono (12 yrs), Jacob (7 yrs)
> and Mollie ( 3 yrs, dx 9-16-05, pumping Animas 12-12-05)
> Hastings, Nebraska
> "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He
> didn't trust me so much."
> ---Mother Teresa
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Thomas Pearson
> Date: 07/21/06 21:04:49
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IPp] infusion sets for skitterish girl
>   Do any of you have any
> recommendations and advice about what infusion sets to use for a thin six
> year
> old who is extremely afraid of needles and such?  Any similar experiences?
> Tom Pearson
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