Springing Along

So, to make a very very long story short, I contacted a diabetes supply company back in January to see if I could obtain samples of different infusion sets and a couple of weeks ago, they came in. (Yep… if you did the math… that’s FIVE months. But they were given to me at no cost, so I won’t complain.)

I asked specifically about the Orbit set and the Spring Universal set. I’ve since tried the Orbit, and aside from not having an inserter, they are okay. Honestly, I don’t see why a set needs to rotate unless you have it in an area where you’re going to be moving the pump around  a lot, or say, on your arm. I personally found them difficult to disconnect as well, so I probably won’t go back to that set.

The next set was the Spring Universal. This little thing looks intriguing to say the least. The set is similar to the Animas Inset in that it’s an all-in-one site (but the tubing is not attached, which I honestly prefer) that you just place, press a button, and it’s in. Now going forward, I think it’s fair to say that I am very partial to my Insets. They’re simple, compact, and no-fuss sets and come in colors too. The Spring? Comes in the color option of white… as all the rest do.

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The insertion was fine and didn’t give me a problem at all. But attaching the tubing connector to the site was a bit of a hassle, not to mention taking it off. It just didn’t want to sit right at all when connecting it, and one side or the other seemed to stay “caught” when I tried to remove it.

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Sorry, these images were from a video I tried to do… and failed. 

After a few tries, I was getting to just how to grab the set connector to remove it. Apparently there’s a technique to it. But what was getting worse was the tape. The more I moved, the loser it got…. and I USED IV PREP! I rarely use anything but alcohol to clean the area and IV prep is for the sites that are hard to stick. Well, this thing was as if I just placed a piece of paper there. It was NOT sticky at all. I managed to keep it in long enough to soak some cement SkinTac around the edge and secure it more with Infusion Set IV3000.

I will have to say though, since all of that mess, I have been able to use with no problem (attaching/reattaching) and moving it around (you can position the tubing any way you need it to at any time) is easy to do. I am debating on maybe getting a box of these to try out though… with the pre-knowledge that SkinTac is a must. Reason being is that these are cheaper for me insurance wise, and I wouldn’t have to lose my insertion device that I’ve come to love. (HOW I manually inserted these things for so many years is shocking to me. *read: I’ve become a wuss*)

So how about you? Have you used the Spring Universal set? What were your thoughts on it? If you’re still using it, do you have any tips you could share? Thanks!

FridayFind 6 – Site Selector App

(Sorry for not posting any this week. I had a problem with my site and some hackers and stuff, so I was working hard with my hosting company to get it back to working order. Now, on to my post…..)

Welcome to this week’s Friday Find! Several weeks ago, I was wanting to have an app that would track my sites – CGM and Infusion. Well, actually, this has been a dream for a few years now, but I actually started proactively looking for a way to make it happen. Well, unbeknownst to me, a good friend of mine – Brian Bosh (@Bosh) also had the same idea, but actually had the means and know-how to do it. He had developed an app called Site Selector. It was still in infancy stage, but I was so thrilled to see it and use it! I reached out to Brian with some suggestions of some improvements, and he worked hard on incorporating them. And now, I want to share a bit about it with you.

1. The app is FREE! Yup, FREE! Always a great point to make, right?

2. You can track both CGM and Infusion sites by long-tapping on the “body”, which will then place the site, or short-tap to zoom in on the area, and you can long-tap to mark the spot. A menu will then come up to ask if it’s a pump or CGM site, and then it places a dot for the site. Purple for pump, orange for CGM. It’s then recorded in the app and kept track of.

3. When you initially set up the app, it suggests healing rate times for sites, but as we all know, YDMV (You Diabetes May Vary), and some heal slower than others. You can change this to how fast or slow you think you heal. In doing this, it makes the app know how fast to “fade” the dots where your sites are to represent where they are in the healing process.

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4. It not only logs your sites, but you can also log your blood sugars in the Logbook section which can then be exported, but only if connected to your computer. But Brian gives excellent instructions on how to do this, and it works quite well.

5. With the reminders set, it alerts you as to when your current site has expired and needs to be changed:

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As with anything diabetes-care related, you have to do what works for you. This app works for me because it can be as simple (only track CGM and infusion sites) or as complicated (those plus BG’s) as I need it to be. I absolutely love that Brian make it because I am a visual person, and being able to see where a site might be a no-no due to healing is a great help.

So, what are you waiting for? If you have the iPad or iPhone, go download it and give it a try! And, if you can, rate it for Brian so he knows how he’s doing. Or, if you have any suggestions, contact him at siteselector (at) alternateinterior (dot) com.