Hey there. I’ve been a diabetic all of my life 20+ years of life and have been on the pump since I was 9-10. I’ve been good on rotating but the last couple years due to the price of my infusion sets (I use a medtronic Inuslin Pump) and the fact they only provide 10 which means 3 days minimum (not including months with 31 days and if one fails) means I kind of have to make them last an extra few days out of necessity. This might explain why I seem to have no more good spots around my stomach to inset an infusion set. I’ve been using the Quickset naturally but now it always puffs up around the infusion set and never delivers insulin to me. I’ve tried the back for the first time not to long ago and there was just a lot of bleeding. The very first time it got infected. I make sure to really clean it with a prep pad and use a quickserter.
I’ve discovered I’m getting the same exact results on my outer thighs and buttocks. Not even a day passes and my blood sugar doesn’t go under the 230 mark and makes me realize they’re just not working. I’ve also grown more paranoid about it. I had this issue but on a lesser scale before and my endocrinologist had me try the silhouettes, the first time bled so I just been sucking it up with the quicksets again and just trying to be careful. Going through 5 of them and on my 3rd sihoulette now for the last 4 days, I realize this isn’t going to work. Being in the 200s has taken a real toll on my lately but if a sihoulette in a new place on my leg still doesn’t deliver insulin, I’m not sure what exactly is wrong. I’ve now also noticed I’m getting a ring where the adhesive was. I wouldn’t say I’m allergic because this is the first time it’s happened. I’m also not sure it’s Lipohypertrophy because my spots look nothing like it. My skin around my stomach is only a slightly different shade and have the spots where an infusion set was but no bumps.
I’ll reach back to my doctor Monday but I didn’t know if someone had the same experience and found a solution that worked for them. I don’t want to stop using the pump and go back to needles but I don’t think there’s any deeper cannulas available that might work. Maybe the ones that are metal that stay will work. If I go to those and they work, I’ll edit this post but this whole experiencing is beyond frustrating given the cost of them that doesn’t get compensated. I also don’t want to use my arms as I want to keep it reserved for the CGM.
Thanks in advance for any response.