When I was at the clinic the other week for my annual pump check up I asked if I could try a different infusion set, because my stomach looks a little like it has a bad case of acne from the places where the needles have been. My pump is an Accu-Chek Spirit Combo and I’ve used the TenderLink infusion set since I got it because I thought having the bit that sticks in to me at an angle rather than at 90 degrees would be better for e.g. when I was playing volleyball and such like.
Anyhoo, I was given the only one they happened to have a few of laying around which was the Ultraflex, this one has a needle which goes straight in to you but is much shorter and (I think!?!?!) thinner than the TenderLink. Anyway I got four of them and so I used them over the previous couple of weeks, then last night I went back to the old standard.
I have put a picture of both below, the old one on the left and the new one on the right and I just wanted to say that the old one now feels like trying to stick Cleopatra’s Needle in to myself. Sadly I have about three or four boxes of the TenderLinks left and I don’t believe in needlessly sucking money out of the good old NHS so I’ll use them up first but when I next give those nice people at Roche Diagnostics a call I’ll be changing my standard order to the FlexLink infusion sets!
Accu-Chek FlexLink Infusion Set
Accu-Chek TenderLink Infusion Set
My Pump, On Me
Well, I’m now plugged in, it’s a bit like being in the Matrix only with less slow motion and more insulin.
The consultation with the nice lady from Roche Diagnostics and the Diabetes nurse took about three and a bit hours during which time they helped me set the pump up in order that it delivers “about the right amount” of insulin, of course these things aren’t an exact science because everybody is different so we’ll have to see how it changes as time passes.
I’ve started off on half a unit an hour, still using Humalog, that works out to about 0.025 units every three minutes (it gives a dose every three minutes in case you were wondering!). Compared to the rather clunky half unit that was the least I could inject at a time with my pen it feels like a whole different world of Diabetes control.
Have only had one slight…erm…hiccough so far, Deanne dropped me off at the hospital and went off with the little ‘un to playgroup, when I finished she couldn’t pick me up ’cause he was having a sleep so I decided to walk back from Dundee house at City hospital to home, near where Edwards lane meets Mansfield Road, got home, decided to have some lunch and my blood test was 2.4 mmol/l. Oops! However it’s a good lesson that I still need not to be a complete donkey when managing my diabetes!!!
Apart from that I finally made it in to work at about 2pm and everything seems to be going very nicely so far.
More to come as I work out what’s happening.
Oh yes, one last thing…I think I might have to shave my belly :-S