Need Help!

By AmyMarie2010 Latest Reply 2012-07-04 08:12:32 -0500
Started 2010-12-31 00:13:01 -0600

Okay, so I'm on an insulin pump and today I lost my quick-serter to insert my infusion sets. I haven't been on my pump for about the last 4 hours. I've been searching and searching. My blood sugar keeps getting higher. I've been giving myself insulin by injections but it's not working. I'm assuming it's gotta be the basal insulin that's screwing me up or something. But I'm wondering is it possible to manually put in the infusion set?? Like if I stab it in fast? I'm scared to try it unless I know someone else has. Please respond, I'd really appreciate it!

12 replies

Type1Lou 2012-07-04 08:12:32 -0500 Report

DON"T DO IT! I tried that last December when I visited a friend for a few days and had forgotten my quickserter. (See my discussion "Survived my stupidity" for more details.) The canula did not penetrate my skin (although I thought it had after I manually tried to punch it in) and I didn't get any insulin at all during that time with my BG soaring to over 400. In retrospect, it would have been better for me to leave the old infusion set in until I could get home to use the quickserter but, hindsight is 20-20. That's why we should always carry syringes with us so we could manually inject until we can get the proper infusion set connection.

butterflyness 2011-01-04 08:27:38 -0600 Report

It's weird. I was taught not to use the quick serter and to do it manually and i wish i knew how to use the quick serter rather than doing it manually since i have problems doing it manually. Man you're lucky

AmyMarie2010 2010-12-31 15:57:58 -0600 Report

Joe- Yeah, I called and talked to a pharmacist too, and he had no idea. But I've tried manually inserting the infusion set with out the inserter, so far so good. It's working just fine. I'm just worried the next time I have to change it, it won't work. I can't get a new inserter for a week so I'm hoping for the best. Thank you sooooo much! I really appreciate it! Happy New Year to you too!!

Life Saver
Life Saver 2010-12-31 14:02:39 -0600 Report

I called and talked to the pharmacist at Walgreen's and he did not even

know what it is. I like the suggestion to call a maker's hot line number. Hopefully it's on your pump, if it hasn't worn off. Maybe it's in your manual on on the box.

If not maybe you could google it by using the name of the device or the name of your pump and it's model.

Also what about calling your doctor. Maybe he has a spare, or could buddy you up with a patient to let you use it.

Any updates. I hope the problem is solved for now.

Happy New Year !!!
Tulsa, OK

Chip2375 2010-12-31 13:45:03 -0600 Report

Yes, I have stabbed mine in myself before and it works. Also, go get some syringes for backup in these cases. A ten pack is inexpensive.

kittymayhew 2010-12-31 13:27:00 -0600 Report

I realize it's been more than 3 hours since your post, but I hope I can help some. Please be carefull of your intake of starches and sugars until you have your situation under control. If you have Adult Onset Diabetes your body cannot break these down like it used to.

AmyMarie2010 2010-12-31 12:29:35 -0600 Report

Harlen- Thank you! I will try it. I just wanted to see if anyone else has done this. I guess I'm so used to the inserter, I became really scared on what to do. Thanks!! =]

sloane 2010-12-31 10:44:02 -0600 Report

Did you call the help line for your pump---they are the best for 24 hr advice...losing pump connection will cause blood sugars to rise really quickly..check with your doctor for instruction on how to best handle this situation,maybe you will need to add some basal insulin.

Harlen 2010-12-31 10:14:01 -0600 Report

Hello I sent mine back I didnt need it just stick it in at a 30 degrey angle if you dont have much belly fat gently pinch some skin and put it in it dosent hurt as much as the inserter did lol
Best wishes

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