Wednesday Twofer: Bummed

Why not think of this as two weeks’ worth of Wordless Wednesdays? (try saying that five times fast!). Though, because I tend to be incredibly verbose, I’ve given up on the Wordless part.

Anyway, here’s the Wordless Wednesday post I had planned for last week:

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I’ve really grown to like the Mio infusion set, and have been using it for every third or fourth site-change until I deplete my supply of the other kind. Knowing it’s about time to switch makes me feel a little down.

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[interlude]

This isn’t the post that went up last week. My actual post from last Wednesday was of a purple ketone strip and a misguided CGM reading, which turned out to be a consequence of the above. Since I was running on empty, I did a set-change last Tuesday, and the new Sure-T that I inserted failed me.

So at 3 o’clock in the morning, I replaced it with a Silhouette. An angled, long-needled, irritatingly familiar Silhouette. A Silhouette that comes with 42-inches of glorious tubing (ten inches more than the leading brand). Not wanting to go through the whole tube-fill procedure again when I could’ve been sleeping, I unplugged the 32-inch Sure-T tubing from the bum infusion set and plugged it into the freshly inserted Sil. (Hopefully, I remembered to fill the cannula with 0.7 units, but in hindsight, I’m not so sure I did). I saved the 42-inch tubing for later.

Sometime over the next few days, it was time for that Sil to go, and I put in another Sure-T. But rather than use the included tubing, I retrieved the precious 42-inch tubing that I had stashed away.

It was wonderful. For three (and a half… shhh) days I could get dressed without bungee-pumping. I could poop without securing my pump safely in my shirt pocket or in my mouth (ewww, I know.)

[end of interlude — now for this week’s post]

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I’ve really grown to like the 42-inch pump tubing. Sadly, they don’t come with any of my preferred infusion sets, but occasionally I get to bask in its luxurious comforts. Knowing I’ve soon got to switch makes me feel a little down.

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Posted on October 9, 2013, in Diabetes, Insulin pump, Wordless Wednesday and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Where in the world do you put all that tubing? I’m a 23″ girl myself. Granted, depending on where I insert the port, it can be a stretch (literally) to get my pump situated properly in my bra, but when I first started pumping, and used the 42″ tubing, I woke up one night being strangled by it, believed it was trying to kill me, thus I switched post-haste to shorter tubing and never looked back :)

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    • I generally keep the pump clipped to my belt and the infusion site/connection point somewhere near my abdomen area. The tubing gets stuffed inside my waistband. As mens’ shirts tend to be longer than womens’, I need enough length to go down around the bottom of the outside my shirt and up along the inside. Also, as I mentioned, it helps in “particular cases” where I’m not wearing my pants around my waist….

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  2. “I could poop without securing my pump safely in my shirt pocket or in my mouth (ewww, I know )” — I’m dying laughing.

    Also, I like the 42″ tubing too. I’m short (like barely 5′) but I can’t stand wearing the short tubing and accidentally dropping my pump and having it hang by my site. I’d rather my pump hit the floor. I also prefer to have enough slack to make my pump sleep on my husband’s side of the bed :)

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  3. I’m liking the 32″ one. I used to be a 23″ girl, but a lot of times, I couldn’t put the pump where I wanted it it. Now if I need to stash it “up top” I can while the site is in my leg.

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