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----- Original Message -----
From: Nanette Chana Freedman <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 10:34 AM
Subject: [IPk] Re: painful infusion set, and other things
> >>My infusion set hurts. It's not bloody, it's not red: it's just
> sore. I
> >>inserted it this morning, around 9.30, and it's now almost 3pm, and
> >>still sore. I suppose I have to remove it, but can anyone tell me
> why, if
> >>it's not infected or bleeding, it hurts so much?
> >As Julette says, I bet you've hit a nerve somewhere. I usually take
> >discomfort as a cue to change the set. If I don't, I can usually be
> sure of
> >trouble further down the line...
> At the risk of sounding difficult, I have to say that in almost 2 years
> of pumping, I have found virtually no correlation whatsoever between
> discomfort of a site and the site not functioning well. I have indeed
> often had some discomfort - very occasionally pain, more frequently
> redness and itching, sometimes persistent, and sometimes temporary
> (i.e. due to reluctance to stick myself again, and to use up more sets,
> I adopt a wait-and-see policy, and more than half the time the
> discomfort will vanish overnight). Even if the pain or discomfort
> persists, I have only perhaps once or twice in the nearly 2 years found
> that this results in high blood sugars, and some quite painful sites
> appear to function well for me - of course this is quite contrary to
> general opinion on this, but my advice would be to wait and see.
> One thing I have begun to suspect lately is that the redness and
> itching is worse at times when I am snacking more, perhaps when eating
> more of foods containing certain ingredients, perhaps wheat? in any
> event when I am taking better care of my diet, this skin sensitivity or
> whatever it is seems generally to be less. Anyone else had comparable
> On a separate question, a few weeks ago, I asked some advice about
> travelling, pumps and metal detectors etc - just wanted to thank all
> who gave me advice, and let you know that I walked happily and
> uneventfully through all the airport metal detectors. The only problem
> I had was one which I thought others had mentioned a long time ago on
> this list (or was it on another list??) - a post-journey blood sugar
> increase phenomenon - within 1-2 hours after each long (i.e. 4 hours +)
> stretch of journey (by plane or train), my blood sugar shot up into the
> stratosphere without any other reason - I have travelled so little
> since developing DM that I had forgotten about this, and the first time
> it happened on this trip (while attempting to run from one part of JFK
> airport in New York to another with our baggage to catch a connecting
> flight) caught me by suprise, leaving me feeling totally panicky and
> ill - thankfully my husband was with me on that part of the journey.
> Does this happen to other people, and has anyone a good strategy for
> dealing with it?
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> I've insured my set of 2 pumps under "all risks" which has more than
doubled my annual premium (I live in rentd accomodation and don't own any of
the furniture so the premium was until recently, cheap). Does anyone know of
a company who insures pumps at a reasonable rate?
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