What is the best technique for insertion? Are you pushing up skin, pulling up skin or pushing down on the cannula with success?
We’ve been on the Pod for about 3 weeks now. We have had some early failures. I’m a little confused by the different instructions out there. I almost think I need another hand or two for insertions, so I must be doing something wrong.
Our trainer taught us to Push Up the skin on arm and leg insertions. Is this just around the cannula or around the whole pod?
If doing an insertion in an area where you can’t smoosh up the skin, like the stomach or but, or back - our trainer adheres the pod and then pulls up on the pod itself and then the adhesive kind of pulls the skin up with it a bit. Does this sound right? It seems like the cannula might not get inserted as deeply.
Ok, then I’ve watched some videos and I see parents like Lorraine (great blog by the way) who don’t seem to be doing any pushing up or pulling up of skin – but they are just pushing down on the nose during cannula insertion. The Omnipod book says the leaner you are, the MORE you have to push up the skin, which seems to contradict Lorraine’s excellent results (small child with little body fat). Pushing on the nose makes sense to me because the cannula would go in a bit deeper and be less susceptible to getting pulled out maybe.
Color me confused?
My DD is 13, and has normal curves you’d expect at this age and is a normal body weight.
What is your best technique for insertion? All tips are welcome.
Thanks so much!