By bhyson1204 Latest Reply 2010-05-16 18:00:06 -0500
Started 2010-05-07 16:55:33 -0500

ok so this is mainly for diabetics that have to take insulin all the time. I get these things called "pockets". they are when insulin doesn't get absorbed right away and it sits in between your skin and your fat. Since I have been on the pump ( about 6 months now) I have not had a pocket. a few days ago I changed my injection site like always. But there was a wierd tightness to the area where i had just removed my infusion set from. its been really sore and hot. So I called my primary care dr and asked if i was making a big deal over nothing because I'm pregnant. He wanted to see me right away. He checked it out and told me that we would try antibiotics first but if it didnt clear up we would have to lance it. He also told me to clean the areas where I am going to put my infusion set with peroxide because it cleans better than alcohol ( which is what I normally use). Have any of you ever had a problem like this or is it just me? and I hope the part about peroxide helps because I didnt know that peroxide cleans areas better than alcohol.

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bhyson1204 2010-05-16 16:34:58 -0500 Report

the pocket didnt go away. I had to go to the emergency room to get it lanced open. the dr said that it was a skin infection that needed a special type of antibiotic and that it was a staff infection. bacteria was sitting under my skin and from putting my pump there had actually made it worse. I would have never even known so maybe its a good thing i did it huh? lol

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-16 18:00:06 -0500 Report

I'm glad you got that taken care of as soon as you did! Staff infections, if they go unnoticed or are not treated properly, the infection can get into your blood stream and the results aren't good. I have had a few of those and they can be painful. Be sure to keep that area clean for awhile because they can come back easy.

Edie 2010-05-08 08:58:38 -0500 Report

I sometimes get pockets but only when I don't pinch the area and count to 10 just as I inject my insulin. I also fill my syringe and set it aside for 2 mins to keep it from stinging like it does when cold.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-05-07 21:10:22 -0500 Report

I use to get them alot when I only did my stomach, and because I only used my stomach I would hit scar tissue and sometimes the insulin was unable to go into my skin, it was like the scar tissue was blocking it. Now that I do my hips and arms I don't have that problem anymore.

I was on the pump eleven years ago and I took myself off of it because of the same problem, but I smart enough to think to ask my Dr. about it.

Thanks for sharing the tip about the peroxide, I always assumed alcohol cleaned better.

:) Danni

Harlen 2010-05-07 18:57:18 -0500 Report

I get them from time to time I think its from hitting a cappulary
or just nicking one.they go away after three days or so and I havent had any other problums with them I just put a little
Neosporen on them and it heals faster,But thats just me
Best wishes

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