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Offline GrammaBear

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #60 on: 26 June 2018, 01:54:31 AM »
I don't know if this product is available where you live, but I have found "Uni-Solve" by Smith & Nephew really works well when removing my infusion sets.  Also before I put in a infusion set, I use the Cavilon spray.  It really helps me, perhaps it will help you.
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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #61 on: 26 June 2018, 02:33:45 AM »
Thanks, I'll look into it!
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"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
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"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #62 on: 26 June 2018, 07:55:40 AM »
Good shout by GrammaBear..... I use Zoff Adhesive remover wipes and they do a pretty good job of removing the adhesive -- i use them to actually take the old pod off too -- rubbing them around the edge of the pod loosens the adhesive then once a foothold is obtained continue rubbing the wipe against the remainder of adhesive and they peel off with no pain at all
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Hba1c - 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6) 04/18 46 (6.4)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #63 on: 26 June 2018, 09:05:11 AM »
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I think you may be confused though, because a lower correction factor actually means you need MORE insulin to do the same work (same as for carb ratios; a smaller number in the ratio itself means a greater dose of insulin for the same meal

You are quite right, I was confused and looking at it backwards.  Thinking 3.9u to lower BG by1. Frankly surprised I can think at all with the amount of painkillers I am eating!

Re:sites.  I use Cavilon (we can get it on prescription here) and sometimes “Lift” spray to get the cannulas off, I don’t know if that’s available in Canada, but even so, would these products help with the dot where the actual filament enters?
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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #64 on: 26 June 2018, 01:03:27 PM »
I've been putting a spot of antibiotic ointment on them, but I'm not sure how effective that is. As I'm having to drench the area in mineral oil it seems like there's plenty of opportunity for the opening left by the cannula to get "contaminated" with the oil before the antibiotic ever gets to it. Though I do then wash the mineral oil off with soap and water so maybe that helps in the end.

Paul - that's the technique I've been using with the mineral oil, but it seems like there's still enough "pulling" that happens that it irritates the skin. I guess next step is some made-for-purpose products. Not sure if I can get them on prescription/with coverage here or not, so I'll need to speak to CDE or Omnipod rep first for info. Definitely haven't seen anything like it in my usual pharmacy, so I assume I would have to special order them or have them prescribed. I know the site where you order pods from does have a skin prep section, so maybe I will put some in with my next pod order (though that won't be for another 6 weeks or so).
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
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"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #65 on: 26 June 2018, 01:04:42 PM »
P.S. Patti the pain sounds absolutely excruciating, and it's just sapping your days away. That appointment can't come fast enough!!
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #66 on: 26 June 2018, 04:03:01 PM »
Maybe I've just been lucky but I've rarely had a reaction to the cannula or its glue. If I remember right I had some at the start that left a mark. Maybe the body gets used to it?

I've never needed anything to remove my cannulas but maybe a tubed system doesn't use as strong a bond?

I hope you find something that works for you. 
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #67 on: 26 June 2018, 06:42:24 PM »
Don’t want to hijackthread, but saw physio at lunchtime.  No painkillers since and felt well enough to paint the legs of my ironing board with anti rust paint.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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« Reply #68 on: 26 June 2018, 09:06:37 PM »
No worries Patti - I'm thrilled you've gotten some relief! Long may it continue!

Liam - thankfully not a reaction to the cannula or the adhesive. Really just what they call "tape trauma" from taking the things off! On the other hand, I've never had a pod come off when I didn't mean for it to. That adhesive means business! Maybe it is stronger than a tubed infusion set. Or maybe it's just due to the larger surface area, it's more noticeable/requires more force to get off?

Also I really don't have any problems with adhesive residue after it comes off. Mineral oil and rubbing alcohol take care of that no problem. It's just getting the thing off without pulling that seems to be the issue. I'm definitely hoping that my body gets used to it eventually!

Another thing is I'm sure with experience you find the sites that your body/skin does and doesn't like, and can avoid the latter ones more easily. For now I'm still in the trial and error phase, and all I have to go on is "will I sit/lay on/bump it a lot" and "is it in a bendy spot / too near the 'waistband DMZ'". Everything else is fair game until I've tried it a few times to see!
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #69 on: 27 June 2018, 07:52:26 AM »
No worries Patti - I'm thrilled you've gotten some relief! Long may it continue!

Liam - thankfully not a reaction to the cannula or the adhesive. Really just what they call "tape trauma" from taking the things off! On the other hand, I've never had a pod come off when I didn't mean for it to. That adhesive means business! Maybe it is stronger than a tubed infusion set. Or maybe it's just due to the larger surface area, it's more noticeable/requires more force to get off?

Also I really don't have any problems with adhesive residue after it comes off. Mineral oil and rubbing alcohol take care of that no problem. It's just getting the thing off without pulling that seems to be the issue. I'm definitely hoping that my body gets used to it eventually!

Another thing is I'm sure with experience you find the sites that your body/skin does and doesn't like, and can avoid the latter ones more easily. For now I'm still in the trial and error phase, and all I have to go on is "will I sit/lay on/bump it a lot" and "is it in a bendy spot / too near the 'waistband DMZ'". Everything else is fair game until I've tried it a few times to see!
Nyt-- if you wanna give me your adress I will send you some of the adhesive remover wipes i use for you to try

I just had a look on Amazon -- canada website and they sell the unisolve and smith and nephew brand wipes -- the packaging looks exactly like my Zoff wipes
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6) 04/18 46 (6.4)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #70 on: 27 June 2018, 12:27:17 PM »
Oh that's kind of you, Paul! But there's no need to trouble yourself :) It will probably cost me less to get hold of them than what it would cost you to mail them overseas - just have to bite the bullet and do it!
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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« Reply #71 on: 29 June 2018, 12:18:33 PM »
Okay, this is the 2nd or 3rd time now I've had this issue, and I'm just curious if anyone else has an idea what's going on.

The issue is that immediately after a bolus, I'll feel like a tickling sensation and there will be some insulin that's leaked out and soaked into the adhesive. This has happened once or twice in a belly site and once on my back. It's not the whole bolus amount as far as I can tell, in fact it looks like a pretty small amount, just a drop or two, though it's hard to say for sure.The weird thing is that the cannula is still completely inserted, doesn't look to be pulling out or anything, and (on the ones I have removed so far) doesn't appear to be bent either. No pain or odd sensations felt at the site either, other than the tickling feeling from the adhesive as the drop(s) crawl along it.

The first time it happened I thought maybe it was just the odd drop of insulin left after priming that had gotten onto the adhesive. Definitely insulin, by the smell. The second time it happened it was more noticeable and since the site was on my back and I couldn't see it I was more paranoid (even after getting OH to check it and show me pictures!) and pulled the site 14 hours early. This time I'm looking right at it and I can see that it's not substantial, so I'll leave it for now and see what happens over the next few hours. The fact that it has likely happened a few times before that I wrote off as being "just the odd drop", and that there were no real consequences that time, plus the fact that the pod still has 36 hours left on it (half its lifespan) makes me more inclined to wait and see than to pull right away.

But what gives?
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #72 on: 29 June 2018, 12:44:01 PM »
i guess that must have happened to me because that whiff of insulin is unmistakeable......and i know there are peeps on pumps ( not just omnipod ) that swear by dividing up bolus doses into max 5u lumps

it might be suggested in one of the D guru books too -- not sure though

if i do get an insulin whiff -- i just be ultra vigilant for a few subsequent hours to make sure BG's are not  rising untoward.
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6) 04/18 46 (6.4)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #73 on: 29 June 2018, 01:08:40 PM »
Yeah, I just did some googling and came up with this thread which mentions the 5u limit - I think the guru book mentioned is Pumping Insulin - and some techniques for getting a better insertion to begin with (pinch up and press down). I haven't been pinching up at all (despite having read about it before - I keep forgetting!).


I'll try those in future! For now I'll keep an eye on what BGs do over the next few hours. They always go up a bit when I do cardio in the mornings anyway so for now it's hard to tell, but I should have a pretty good idea by lunchtime!
T1 DX 1995
Omnipod since 06/04/18 (Novorapid)
 
  ~-~-~-~
"If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying, and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?"
"I - I'll try," said Shasta.
  ~C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
  ~-~-~-~
"There is no answer; seek it lovingly."

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Re: Omnipod is GO!
« Reply #74 on: 29 June 2018, 03:46:35 PM »
Well not for nothing is 'Pumping Insulin' otherwise known as 'the pumpers bible' !


I've never 'pinched up' in my life though - much more successful for me is to tauten the skin I'm about to stick a hypodermic into, frankly.  Not using arms for jabbing or cannula-ing, I always have a spare hand to do that with of course.


Incidentally I removed a cannula this very morning.  The eensy little dot is still visible* but no sign whatever of where the sticky was stuck (* but it wouldn't be by now had I replaced it yesterday like I'm supposed to.  Plus PS - if you have any sort of sticky stuck to your skin bung a teeny bit of Vaseline on it not a 'gob' of it and leave for literally a few minutes - then wipe it off with a clean finger or two, wipe the residue off your finger(s) on literally one piece of looroll or a tissue that needs binning anyway and use the same bit to wipe any residue off the site,  if you have to actually rub the site, you didn't leave it on long enough.


Trick used by mothers and no doubt grandmas dating way back before I was born and ideal when we all used pink fabric Elastoplast plasters on childhood injuries and the edges thereof got dirty though the leg etc round it had been washed meantime, so when you pulled the plaster off you inevitably had this clean rectangle surrounding the injury site, with a nasty grey border round the edge!  LOL
Jenny

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