6
Oct

Silhouette infusion set

Owwww!

I decided to try out the Silhouette instead of my usual Mio set this morning. Trying a brand-new infusion set in the morning as I'm rushing to head off to work? Baaad idea.

I watched Medtronic's youtube video about how to insert the set twice, then tried it myself. On my first attempt, I think I broke the little button on the insertion device that you push to expose the "teeth" that grab the infusion set. I pushed the button, and the whole pivoting piece sort of twisted. The pins on either side that hold it in had popped out, so it couldn't fit nicely over the infusion set.

I played with it for a few minutes and eventually managed to jam it back in to what I thought was the correct place.

Attempt #2!

I fit the set into the inserter, re-watched this part of the video again just to be sure, and chanted "insert, remove inserter, front tape, remove needle, back tape" (not a very catchy phrase, I admit) in my head as I went through the steps.

It went...okay. I squished some of the tape, so it doesn't look perfect, but overall I thought it went okay. It was not as painful as I thought it would be.

Until I sat down.

The site is in my stomach, fairly high up. I went there for visibility, and also because I was really hoping that an angled infusion set would make stomach sites more comfortable. It seemed a little sore, but mostly okay, until I sat - then OW OW OW OW OW. I'm hoping this irritation calms down a bit, because if not then I'm not sure I can make this set last three days :(.

14
Sep

Sensor Bruise

I inserted a new sensor this afternoon. It bled a bit, but not much. I waited a few minutes, and after noticing no new blood, I attached the transmitter. I started a new transmitter on my pump then hopped in the car to do some shopping.

The sensor hurt. It was sore and hurt every time the fabric of my jeans stretched over it.  I started walking carefully to avoid jarring it, since it was aching more the more I moved.

I picked up groceries and noticed something odd as I got back in the car: a tiny red spot on my jeans. I checked it out when I got home, and not only had it kept bleeding badly enough to soak through my jeans, but it also left one huge mofo of a bruise on either side.

ow ow ow.

Sensor bruise in my leg

Ow ow ow.

Accuracy has thus far been crap, although the sensor has only been in for around 6 hours so I know I'll need to wait until tomorrow (and calibrate a few more times) before I can expect my sensor graph to be any good.

 

Still: Ow.

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