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Offline Pattidevans

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Taking adequate supplies
« on: 18 September 2018, 07:38:17 PM »
Learnt my lesson.  I went away for 2 nights, leaving early on the lst day and home late on the 3rd.  Yes I took 3 cannulas with me (was due a change the middle day) and an extra reservoir plus back up pens/cartridges etc.  So whatever happened I would be OK, but I am glad I did take extra stuff.  What I forgot was my inserter.  So very late on Friday night I was running out of insulin, so I changed the pump, inserting the cannula by hand.  At 3 am I had an occlusion, but I primed the pump and insulin was dripping out.  Went back to sleep, woke with 17.6  Eeek... Carefully inserted a new cannula... and BGs steadily dropped back to normal with several corrections.  I left the original cannula in "just in case" (of what I am now unsure).  When I got home I took the original cannula out, to discover it was bent at right angles! 

Good thing I had the spares.
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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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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #1 on: 19 September 2018, 03:39:22 PM »
Seems so strange hearing about another setup. The Inset IIs I use come with disposable inserter and you can't put the cannula in without it. I guess that likely makes them more expensive per one? I wasn't really given much of a choice of cannula, the first type they gave me worked so I never really looked at other options.

You get used to all the extra stuff don't you? I have never had to use pens while away but Idid for a day or so when my pump died on me. Everyone I spoke to about it seemed shocked but pleased I had a backup. Seems a lot of people either don't keep a stock of pens while on a pump or they are out of date when they need them. Which reminds me I'll need to check the date of my backups. My GPs prescription ordering system removes them all the time from my repeat because I don't order them enough. It is fairly easy to have a phone chat with Louise (the nurse that does the diabetics) and get them prescribed. 

As you know I've lately had a little run of failed canulas. It is strange I've gone years without any real fails and then I've had a few in the last couple months. I have been using only my belly for years now and wonder if I need to rest it and try legs and bum.
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HbA1c 3/10 10.2%, 7/10 8.1%, 12/10 7.5%.
2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #2 on: 19 September 2018, 05:22:53 PM »
I use Tandem's Autosoft 90 which I think is equivalent to the Inset cannula.  I have probably used them 2 years or more.  Most of the time they all go in just fine and they are straight.  But every once in a while, when I least expect it, I will have one go in 'crooked at right angles' and of course I don't find out until several hours later when I check my blood sugar and it has climbed for no reason at all.  It is always good to carry extra supplies if you have room in your luggage or your bags.  I would rather have one too many than not enough.  :(
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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #3 on: 19 September 2018, 07:24:36 PM »
Liam
I had a couple of boxes of cannulas with hopeless adhesive, fell off within a few hours of putting them on.  Bloody hope that doesn't happen on holiday!  Am in 2 minds as to whether to take my old pump as opposed to the pens, refills, needles etc.
I am definitely taking lots of cannulas when I go to Spain!
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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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #4 on: 19 September 2018, 07:50:28 PM »
I ended up taking both Patti. Old pump and pens and stuff. To be fair the chance of both pumps failing would be tiny, but didn't want to waste time getting insulin and needles etc in Spain.

I've never had any issues with stickiness of the Insets. They often are pretty stuck on when I change and pulls a bit removing them.


The only downside is the sheath on the needle is fiddly to remove and you can pull the cannula out of alignment. Wastes a cannula every now and then
DX Type I 1994.    Novorapid Animas Vibe pump
HbA1c 3/10 10.2%, 7/10 8.1%, 12/10 7.5%.
2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
Ramipril: 10mg Quetiapine: 550mg Metformin: 2000mg

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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #5 on: 20 September 2018, 09:35:05 AM »
I have to say, although you can insert the Roche cannulas by hand it’s not a pleasant process!  I didn’t mind doing the steel ones by hand but the Flexlink is Teflon with an inserter needle that diesn’t Seem as robust.
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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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #6 on: 20 September 2018, 09:23:46 PM »
just back from holiday this evening..........gone for 11 nights -- took 7 spare pods (3 required for actual holiday ) --- i get a bit paranoid about this kind of thing -- the old just in case syndrome -- LOL
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)
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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #7 on: 21 September 2018, 11:32:20 AM »
Where did you go Paul?  Italy?  Wherever it was I hope the weather was better than here.
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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Re: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #8 on: 21 September 2018, 04:01:53 PM »
haha -- yes italy again............. and it was lovely
most days about 31-33 and sunny
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: Taking adequate supplies
« Reply #9 on: 22 September 2018, 06:50:00 PM »
Oh... so much nicer than here!
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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