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RE: [IPk] cannula nightmares

Thanks Clare,

I'm glad to know it's not just me, and that you found a solution. I've felt
like giving up but can't face going back to MDI either - rock and a hard
Thanks for the advice.  Unfortunately I don't think I can use my thighs due to
historical lipodystrophy  and meralgia paraesthetica (nerve damage due to
compression) - but maybe there'll be somewhere else...

The silhouettes seem to get insulin into me, so far, but they hurt and are
disturbing my sleep and restricting my movements - plus causing anxiety as I
don't think they should hurt - so I don't think it's a solutuion.

I'd still appreciate info about the metal cannulas if anyone has any advice.



> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: Re: [IPk] cannula nightmares
> Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 20:25:59 +0100
> To: email @ redacted
> 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
> problem.
> 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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