It is Pump Site change day in our house – well, technically should have been yesterday but there was still Insulin left in her old Reservoir and I didn’t want to throw any of that lifesaving liquid away!
Here is a basic run down of what is required when her Pump “Site” needs to be changed – EVERY 2-3 days..
I will start with the finished product.
Pump Site, Tubing, Insulin Reservoir and Pump fully inserted and operational in Eden’s belly..
Eden is attached like this 24hrs a day – 7 days a week – 365 days a year
she gets a steady trickle of insulin 24hrs a day as well as larger boluses for meals or high BS
She does however disconnect for showering, swimming and basketball.
Below: Pump Site before and after insertion and the needle that is extracted afterwards.
If you look closely you can see all of the needle prick scarring from doing this over and over and over in and around the same area.
Below: Pump with Insulin Reservoir and Tubing both inserted and separated from the pump. Also a close up of the clasp that clips in to her Pump Site and allows passage of Insulin.
Drawing out the Insulin into the Reservoir
The supplies out of the packaging and ready..
I have already drawn out the Insulin in this picture
We go through this procedure EVERY 2-3 days. Sometimes needing to only change the Pump Site itself as the Cannula that is inserted under her skin can become kinked and inhibit the flow of Insulin..
How do we know if it is kinked?
Well, we DON’T for sure – its under the skin – so we GUESS that may be the problem if her BS levels are stubbornly high and will not come down.
Eden and other Type 1 Diabetics that use an Insulin Pump have to go through this process or one similar to it to STAY ALIVE..
Over time it just becomes a habit and a process that we follow because we HAVE to.. But would YOU want to have to do this to your child?
I DO NOT want this to have to be her NORMAL for the rest of her life..
We REALLY need a CURE….