Off the Pump for a day or two

By Aaron1977 Latest Reply 2011-02-14 18:47:38 -0600
Started 2011-02-12 13:22:29 -0600

So yesterday morning I was working out and my infusion set literally fell off. Granted I was sweating a lot - but that usually doesn't happen. So I put on a new one and felt a twitch of pain when the needle went in - not unusual, so I didn't think much of it. 2 hours later my insulin pump tells me it can't deliver insulin. I checked for kinks and did the usual and finally determined it was the new site. Frustrated - I ripped it off (wasn't working anyway) and I've been back on shots ever since.

I have a bottle of Lantus in the fridge just in case the pump stops working or in this case - I got mad at it :). I kinda like the freedom of not having anything permanently attached to me, but I don't like the shots all the time. I also miss the opportunity to have a small correction dose when needed.

I love the pump but the infusion sites can be a pain sometimes. Anyone else take a break from pump for a couple days?

9 replies

Alexx_x 2011-02-14 16:59:10 -0600 Report

There was one day where they thought my pump wasn't working and I was going to have to take shots for a bit and I was terrified! After not taking shots for over a year the idea scared me! I was sure I would mess it up somehow (thankfully it wasn't my pump that wasn't working!)
I would love to not have to change my site tho. Especially when my alarm goes off at 3am saying I need to refil my cartridge! Lol but for the most part I'd much rather carry the pump around than worry that I forgot to bring my pens somewhere!

Rainerm 2011-02-13 19:12:48 -0600 Report

Okay..So I am on the same pump and had some of these problems, too. When you took your site out the second time, was the tubing from under your skin bent? When I have had the 'no delivery' sign on my pump, usually that meant the tubing under my skin was bent. I just start again with a new site. Do you use the 'Quick Set' site?
When I was younger (before child, LOL) I did not have much fat to work with on my stomach and so my site would bend like this. If you are using an area on your body that does not have much fat, you can switch to a different site (hips, upper leg, etc.) and may have more luck. Or, you can switch to another type of infusion set. For a while, I used a site that went in sideways (the Silhouette) and that helped a lot. Hope this helps, and don't give up on the pump yet. It is amazing technology and can change your life. You just have to learn the little quirks over time. :)

Aaron1977 2011-02-14 18:47:38 -0600 Report

I actually have a sample of the silhouette and look forward to trying it. I'm currently using the Quickset.

Harlen 2011-02-12 14:53:12 -0600 Report

I dont think I will take a brake from mine I love it
When I am going to work out I use skin-tac that way it dosent come off try it it may work for you too ???
I use sites all over the place lol the only time it stings is if I hit a nerve.
What typ of pump do you use ???
Best wishes

Aaron1977 2011-02-12 15:04:23 -0600 Report

I've got the Medtronic Paradigm - had it about 6 months. I used to have the Cosmo - which I really liked, but it was getting old so time for a new one.

Where do you get skin-tac? I usually put an IV dressing over the infusion site and that helps a lot - but I'd love some advice on better ways for them to stick to me.

Harlen 2011-02-12 19:07:23 -0600 Report

I get mine at A D W 877-241-9002 I get the pads for going on trips but at home I use the 4 oz bottle and it last for over a year
Hope this helps
Best wishes

realsis77 2011-02-12 14:41:55 -0600 Report

Hi. I'm not on the pump I take shots daily. It is nice to be able to do correction doses. I take lantus and humulin . I personally don't know if id like pump but that's just me. It does give a since of freedom from shots but it is a give and take. Id think it would be nice to take a break every now and again.

Aaron1977 2011-02-12 14:58:24 -0600 Report

You hit the nail on the head with it being a give and take. Overall - I love the pump - but it makes things like swimming, showering and working out a little more difficult. I was on shots for over 20 years and it was hard to break free from those. I worked with 2 people who were both on the pump and they convinced me to give it a shot (no pun intended). That was 5 years ago and I'm happy I switched.

northerngal 2011-02-12 13:51:33 -0600 Report

I was for a few weeks, but involuntarily. I had a heart attack and was alone. It came off when I went down and no one looked in the area. I've never had the site just come off and it gets very humid here during the summer. I like to do a lot of bicycling, so you can be in the heat/humidity for hours. I've always covered the site when I shower, just as an extra precaution. Maybe you need a deeper infusion set. As long as you push the needle in all the way, I've not had problems. Also, make sure the site is prepped and not allowed to dry too much. In winter thats an issue because of the lack of humidity. Even in summer, they seem fine. My problem is bending the needle when placing the site. I think they could be a lot more efficient because I've bent 5 or 6 and had the needle strike the plastic attached to the infusion set, more than a few times. Hope this helps.

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