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Re: [IPk] cannula nightmares

Hi Emily,

I had exactly the same experience as you and was very stressed at the  
time like you are.  I've been on the Paradigm 522 for nearly a year  
now, but found that by only using the top front of my thighs to  
insert this has solved the problems I was having.  My problems seemed  
to be with the upper part of my body (particularly the tummy area)  
and cannulas were either bent on insertion or I just simply couldn't  
get the insulin into me.  I forever had "no delivery" alarms and  
never knew what was happening.  Some people say that using the top  
area of the thigh is a nuisance as you have to be a bit careful not  
to pull the thing out when changing or going to the loo, but because  
I now always use this area I am used to it and it really isn't a  

Might be worth a try Emily, and don't give up as I am sure you will  
sort something out that suits you, but it is very stressful I know.   
I went through a very difficult time with it all, but now I very  
rarely have a problem with this.  I did get to the point when I just  
didn't know what to do and was ready to give it up, but eventually  
found out what suited my body.  I use the 9mm teflon quick-set cannulas.

Keep trying Emily and I am sure you will find a resolution to this  
and best of luck to you.

Best wishes, Clare
(Type 1 for 38 years, Paradigm 522, pumping 11 months)

> Hi,
> I have been on a medtronic paradign 522 for about 6 weeks and while  
> getting to
> grips quite well with most things, have had a lot of problems with  
> cannulas.
> I'd really appreciate some advice from experienced pumpers who've  
> dealt with
> similar.
> I've been using the quick-set teflon cannulas, 6mm and 9mm, and  
> have had many.
> many bent cannulas and no delivery alarms.  I'm sure it must happen
> occasionally with all sets, but this has been ridiculous and has  
> caused a lot
> of anxiety, ruined weekends, days off sick etc and I've had  
> enough!  I've just
> tried the silhouette and although it seems to be working, is very  
> red and
> uncomfortable and I hated putting it in.  I'm now dreading  
> toomorrow's set
> change ( I never felt like this with the quick-set).
> Should I stick with the silhouette until I get used to it, or would  
> metal
> cannulas be better?  I'm using my upper abdomen and sides and have  
> a fairly
> well-padded build.  All the cannulas I've used have left red marks and
> slightly hardened skin, which i'm not overjoyed about either.
> Any advice at all gratefully received.
> Thanks,
> Emily
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