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1/26/09 3:38 P

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Hey Carey,
No, "springing a leak" isn't terribly common, I'd guess I get one every few months... figure an infusion set every 3 days, times 3 months... about 1 in 30. I've only ever had them on my belly, I just assume there's veins or something biggish in there that I stab sometimes and since I've yet to actually draw a map of my belly and where they happen, I don't ever remember which part I should not use in order to avoid them again. I don't think they're any more common that bleeders from injections were....

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DRDEADLIFT Posts: 174
1/26/09 12:31 P

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I have had pump for about 8 years and type 1 for 20.

Overall: much better than trying to manage with N and R injections, pen, or anything else.

Occasional: unexplained highs after changing set, irritation at site, discomfort inserting.

Rare: failures. Have replaced pump 3 times. Service from company is excellent.

Cost: expensive. Pump is outrageously expensive if not covered fully by insurance. Same with supplies. When I first got it, CIGNA covered almost everything. Different insurance carrier, and in warranty upgrade cost me $5000. Supplies were costing me a couple thousand a year, too.

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1/20/09 3:19 A

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I don't have a pump but have to get one now and was wondering is this a common thing and is it something that happens often?? is there ways to prevent it?? I am not pump savvy yet but want to learn all about it before i embark on this journey

"you CAN do ALL things through Christ which STRENGTHENS you"
phil 4:13


I don't believe in failure.

( this includes getting healthy!!)


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YERACHMIEL's Photo YERACHMIEL Posts: 117
12/14/08 11:00 P

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One day I thought I sprung a leak
From my infusion site my blood did seep
Pouring out I thought real quick
Why did those nurses always stick
Needles in to get out blood
When this infusion set, though now a dud
Could provide enough blood for tests galore
As long as it stops prior to me on the floor
Much less painful and best news yet
It costs just a new infusion set
So prepare for the next leak with tools in hand
A blue, a green, a red and then
The big BIG BIG one once again


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YERACHMIEL's Photo YERACHMIEL Posts: 117
12/14/08 10:56 P

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I've actually studied the 'leak' phenomina for 27 years (so far) and have come to the following conclusions:

1] They only occur at the worst possible times
2] They WILL occur when not wanted and cannot be
prevented with anything less than complete
removal of all blood from body (which is NOT a
highly recommended medical practice)
3] Doctor will deny any knowledge of such occurance
start recommending other types of 'medication'
4] Family will think they are self-caused
5] Spouce will either jump in to help (too much) or
run away in fear.

After the first five years, just when you think you have it figured out, right before that really important interview for the position you've wanted for the last 10 years.....



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12/9/08 1:01 P

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"Spring a leak" is a great term for it, and pretty much it only happens when it would be inconvenient, never when you're lounging around on a Saturday morning with nothing to do! My worst though was in class- my site was getting pretty irritated and I thought I would just pull it out and put in a new one after class because I didn't want to miss anything, and lo and behold it was a "gusher" and I ended up trying to nonchalantly walk out of class with one hand under my shirt trying to keep it from bleeding everywhere... I now keep kleenex and/or gauze pads in my kit in case it happens again and I'm in some weird place. emoticon

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12/8/08 7:06 A

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I would have just ignored it too. I guess I didn't care at the time. Now I look in the mirror and don't recognize me. I feel like it is so slow going. Anyway, had to change infusion sites this morning and we were running late. Of course that is the time for the site to spring a leak. Took a good five minutes to stop the bleeding. I hardly ever have that happen, but isn't it always when you don't have time for it. Speaking of time..... Later!

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12/5/08 5:09 P

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Welcome Maymes!
Sounds like you have a pretty good set of reasons, we're here to help with anything you need, you just have to ask! Like many, I also gained weight with a pump because it was so easy to adjust for eating, maybe they ought to stick a warning sticker on it regarding easy weight gain... I guess I would have just ignored it though so never mind, bad idea!
Anyway, welcome to the team and good luck with all of your goals!
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LCASWELL81 Posts: 6
12/5/08 8:31 A

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hey there,
it's never too late to take back control. When I went on the pump i also gained a lot of weight, hence my being here. i've since lost just over 20 lbs. it's hard for us diabetics to lose weight, but if you stick to it, it does come off eventually. Take care and good luck.

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12/4/08 9:12 A

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I'm 39 and have had type 1 diabetes for 29 years now. I spent many years out of control. I'm on a pump now and have much better control. However, I have gained so much weight I don't even recognize me. I have been a little leary of joining any diet groups because a lot of "diets" just don't work well with type 1 diabetes. I'm the mother of 2 wonderful daughters. One has special needs. I want to be around to be with them for as long as I can.

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