Since I started pumping back in 2004, I've been using the Minimed Paradigm Quick-Sets with 23" tubing and a 6 mm cannula. (For folks who aren't pumping or who have no idea what I'm talking about, the tubing is the part of the pump that connects the physical pump to the infusion set on my body. The cannula is the tiny plastic tube that goes into my skin.)
I'm a creature of habit and I'm pretty resistant to change. But insulin absorption has been crummy on my thighs lately and I've been trying to use my lower back "real estate" more often.
Thing is, the shorter pump tubing doesn't reach from my back to my sock - no sock trick on those days. And while I liked the reliable absorption of a new site, I still prefer to keep my pump on the downlow - literally.
So I sucked it up and made a change to my last order of pump supplies:
Cannula is the same length, but the tubing is 20 " longer. Now I can wear the pump on my back and still snake the tubing down my leg and into my sock.
This tubing is looooooong. It took over 13 units to prime (versus the 6 1/2 units for the 23 " tube).
The stuff is long enough for the pump to not only hit the floor if it happens to drop from my hand while changing, but even has enough slack for the tubing to coil around like a snake. It's also long enough to become completely tangled in while changing into my gym clothes after work. Long enough to take over a full minute to check for air bubbles.
It's long enough to wrap around my waist and tie into a jaunty bow. Long enough that I can leave my pump on my desk at work and make it home without missing a unit. Long enough that I could knit up a freaking scarf with this tubing and still have enough left over to go fly fishing.
This new tubing gig is just about 2/3 the length of my whole darn body! I feel like I'm part spider, weaving this weird insulin-filled web. But this new length option is letting me explore different infusion site real estate while keeping with my fashion preferences.
It's all about hitting a blood sugar stride ... and not having my pump fall into the toilet in the process.*
(*Kerri: 40,800, Pump: Almost 3.)