I have had insulin dependent diabetes for 50+ years. I have had a MiniMed pump for 10 or 12 years. I have used a couple of things to make pump life easier and would like to share them with folks with hope that if you have some shortcuts or solutions, for any pump problems or inconveniences, you would post them here too.
I used to sleep in my birthday suit, but with the pump, I had to wear a shirt to keep it close to me during the night. I am a tosser and turner and sleep on my sides and stomach. I saw these neat t-shirts with a handy hole for the infusion set tubing that were made for sleeping. Cost:$40! Well a cheap pocket t-shirt works just as well. I have a couple that are a size too big to allow moving the pump around as needed. I wrap the tubing loosely about the pump put it in the pocket and forget it. Sometimes it falls out, but over time I have adjusted to knowing where it is. Make sure it is in the pocket when you get up. (Thanks Chris for the tip)
I have always been on the thin side and the best place for injections was always my upper legs. The pump changed that. I had to start using my abdomen. I was never comfortable shooting myself in the gut and with this long, but skinny, needle going in I really was dreading this. I have always manually injected myself. I have never used or liked the looks of the “auto” injectors. I still have one from the '60s,made of metal, made for “LuerLok” syringes, original box, never used. Any way I insert needles into my body slowly! Fast hurts too often. From another pump users forum years ago, I got this tip: Ice cubes After I shower and dry off, I grab a tissue and an ice cube from the freezer, find the spot to put the infusion set in my abdomen, or CGM sensor in my thigh, and freeze it. Hold it for maybe a minute,dry it with the tissue and slide that baby in…painlessly! Pain receptors seem to be pretty shallow on the skin, so it is not like you are cooling real deep. Ice cubes require no prescription and cost very little. Most of us have them on hand at all times.
Anyway, these are just a couple of situations that were looking for a quick,easy,economical, answer. I know there are enough pumpers out there with tips and tricks just as good.