Answer to our Swimming Woes! (And I don't mean the Lows!)
I think we finally found the answer to our swimming woes! I'm not talking about how to manage the highs (or is it lows today?) that go along with summer days filled with lots of swimming.
Typically, we change Ally's insulin pump site every three days. This summer we have been swimming more than ever...and changing sites more than ever! We love the Mio infusion set that Ally uses with her MiniMed Revel pump. However, the adhesive on it is smaller than what we had for the silhouette. We have had many sites fall out during or shortly after swimming this summer, causing us to do many "emergency site changes". (An "emergency site change" is a quick, on the go site change. Ally likes to get herself all worked up for site changes, so these site changes of the emergency kind are actually nice because it doesn't give her a chance to do that! But shhh! Don't tell her that!) She is unhappy with more than necessary site changes, as am I. Do you know how much those pump supplies cost? I hate it when an otherwise good site falls out too soon.
I receive the monthly Diabetes Bites newsletter from Integrated Diabetes Services. (Gary Scheiner, author of Think Like a Pancreas, is the author and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services.) I found this awesome bite of information in his last newsletter.
Smith & Nephew has a new "Infusion Set IV3000" which is specifically designed with a pre-cut hole to fit around the Quick-set, Silhouette, Sure-T and Mio infusion sets. It gives you more "real estate" of adhesive and still allows you to disconnect without taking the tape off. I was able to order a box of 30 from Medtronic.
Ally has been wearing one with her Mio infusion set for the past three days and it did not fall off early! This is the first successful three day site, with swimming, we've had all summer!