Back in March, I wrote about my new love: Sure-T infusion sets.
But they did not love me back. After a torrid affair, I have switched to a different set. Why, you ask?
I thought I was going crazy. Unexplained highs. I could NOT figure out what was going on. This summer, it was ridiculous. I was having so many highs and could not explain why. I don't mean binge eating highs, I mean highs FOR NO REASON.
I was changing my set every other day. I thought it could be the insulin, so I replaced it. Maybe something was wrong with my pump? I called Medtronic multiple times to troubleshoot, to no avail. Still high a lot. Scar tissue? None that we could find.
I called my CDE in tears. After several months of this craziness, I was done. I was about ready to give up on the pump, because I could not figure this out.
My CDE was out of the office when I called, so I spoke to another CDE in the practice. Barely got my words out, I was so upset.
"Have you tried different sets?" she asked.
The thought had never crossed my mind. I LOVED my Sure-Ts. The steel cannula can't kink, I can barely feel it when I put it in. My beloved Sure-Ts couldn't possibly be the culprit.
Oh yes they could. I started using Mio sets. And guess what? All those random highs? Gone.
What the eff?
Since then, I've talked to a couple different people on Twitter who've had a similar experience. For some reason, my body really doesn't like the steel cannulas. The insulin just doesn't absorb.
I want to be clear that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Sure-Ts. It's not the sets, it's my body. I don't think I'll be able to use any kind of steel cannula set.
For several months now, I've been using Mio sets. I miss the Sure-T. But I don't miss all the highs. Or feeling like I was losing my mind. But I do like the Mios. I've been having good luck with those. They hurt more than the Sure-Ts to put in. But they work. At least mostly. I still sometimes have kinked sets, occlusions, and hit bad spots. I have diabetes, after all.
But my body absorbs the insulin just fine from the plastic cannula. Thank goodness! What a relief!
And at least the Mios come in pink.
|Aftermath of a set change|