I was planning on just switching to the 6mm Quick-Set, but Sara convinced me that I should try a Sure-T. I had always shied away from the Sure-T, as the thought of leaving a steel cannula in my body for multiple days didn't sound appealing. Also, I am a total wimp, and didn't like the fact that the Sure-Ts are manual insertion only. No serter. Not appealing.
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Finally, I decided to stop putting it off and try them. Sara let me watch her put one in (thank you Skype) and gave me a few pointers. So finally one day, I took a deep breath, and stuck one in.
The first Sure-T hurt a decent bit going in, but that was because I hesitated too much when I was inserting it. I didn't use enough force. I thought I'd be able to feel the steel cannula while the set was in, but I couldn't. The second one I put in went better. I made sure to use more force when inserting, and actually didn't feel a thing! Say what? Seriously? A painless set change? I didn't think it was possible.
So here I sit today, fully converted into a HUGE Sure-T fan. Medtronic made it easy to swap most of my Quick-Sets for the Sure-Ts, even overnighting me a box of Sure-Ts once I'd decided to switch. I seriously love their customer service.
There are two main reasons why I switched. The first I already mentioned: inserting a Sure-T hardly hurts at all! I'm still amazed when I change my set. As long as I make sure to use enough force, I barely feel it going in at all. I love it!
The other reason is the fact that the cannula cannot kink. It's steel. No kinking, bending, or pretzeling itself into weird shapes. It's really nice not to have that variable to consider when blood sugars go wonky.
Not that the Sure-T is perfect. I still hit bad spots. I had to change my set at work Monday afternoon thanks to some stubborn highs. And when I took the set out, I was greeted with a spurt of that lovely mix of insulin and blood. When you hit a bad spot, it doesn't matter what set you use. A bad spot is a bad spot.
There are a couple things I don't like about the Sure-T. One is tubing length. I like my tubing LONG! (Yeah, yeah, that's what she said, I know). But I really do. I've used 43" tubing for as long as I can remember. The longest tubing for the Sure-T is 32". I really do miss those 11"! For me, the switch is still worth it, but I would LOVE it if Medtronic would come out with 43" tubing on the Sure-T. Pretty please?
The other thing I don't like so much is taking the Sure-T out. Taking it out is worse than putting it in! Since it's a steel cannula, you can't just rip the set out at any angle. Well, you could, but OUCH! When I take a set out, I meticulously peel up all the edges of the adhesive, grab the little butterfly plastic tabs used for insertion, and pull it straight out. And that adhesive is sticky! Yanking that off my skin smarts more than putting the stupid set in in the first place!
In spite of those things, I am so happy with my decision to switch to the Sure-T. And I have no plans to use any other kind of set for the foreseeable future. Thanks to Sara, Dana, Sarah, and Lili for their encouragement and advice.
So yes, Sara, you were right. But I am NOT titling my post that. Sorry. ;)
EDIT TO ADD: Thanks to Meredith's comment, I realized I forgot to explain the extra adhesive. The Sure-T has another adhesive patch that contains the spot where you disconnect the tubing. My understanding is that it's extra security against the steel cannula being tugged on or ripped out (see also: OUCH!). This way, the connector adhesive is what handles all the tugs and drops, making the actual set more secure. It's annoying having two things stuck to me, but I do like the added security.
Note: I chose to write about the Sure-T because I really do love it that much! No one at Medtronic asked me to write this post, and I was not given any sets other than the four samples. Myself and my insurance company pay the full cost for all of my Medtronic supplies.