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Knot What I Expected.

I have to admit - I'm pretty satisfied with this longer tubing option.  Maybe I'll be more annoyed in the summer when I'm sporting fitted clothes and no trouser socks, but for those freaking freezing months with bundly sweaters and long pants, I'm content to have an extra 20" of tubing. 

Thing is, I tend to get tangled in it when I take off the pump.  I guess I bunch the tubing together and just shove it in the waistband of my pants or, if I'm rocking the sock, it stays smooth as it travels down from my hip to my ankle.  But when I disconnect to shower or go to the gym, the tubing becomes a knot of chaos.

Exhibit A:

Knot a clever caption, either.

How did this happen?  It was on the bureau for exactly 20 minutes - just for a shower! - and when I went to snap it back into place, the whole damn thing was knitted into this insuiln pretzel.

(Should I mention that it also was wrapped around me, and Prussia the Cat, this morning?  I woke up to find the cat pressed against my side and the pump tubing casually looped around her paws.  Thank goodness she didn't pull a Sausage and bite through the thing.) 

It's weird to look into my diabetes supply closet and mentally map out my tubing options.  Now that the weather is starting to warm up a smidge, I'm thinking about packing up my winter coats and my wool skirts in exchange for my spring sweaters and dresses.  Long tubing works well for using the sock trick with a lower back infusion set, but it could be a pain in the everything when it comes to tucking tubing in a springy warp dress.  I'm planning to switch back to the 23" tubing in a few weeks.

I can't wait until the weather is warm again.  I've had a freaking-nuff of the snowy stuff.


I get these all the time because I just slip my pump in my pocket. I've never had an issue where the knot was so tight it cut off the flow of the "juice". I'm not even sure it could get tight enough to be honest. Maybe a test is in order.

When my pump slips out of my shorts pocket during the night, I typically wake up to find it wrapped around me like I'm some bound hostage.

Errr, I use the 23" and still manage to knot it up all the time. And get it wound in the seat belt. Last week it somehow got hopelessly tangled in my underwear during a pee-pee break. (TMI?) And George and Scott can attest that I somehow got tethered to my purse handles during our meet-up.

With the long tubing, I fear I'd pretty much be a train wreck.

LOL I do remember the purse pretzel Karen had! LOL

I use a 43" too and get the tangles. So annoying.

Ha! Insulin pretzel? That cracked me up!!!

Very rarely does this knotting happen to me ; using the long tubing only and pumping since 2001 .As I have mentioned previously I do not always " unhook " in the shower stall, except when washing my hair .I do place about 2 inches away from the infusion set a piece of tape over the tubing ...to " secure " ...read about this on John Walsh's , the writer about pumping , website .

I love learning about the pumps and things to think about. My son is 10 and will be getting a pump within the next few months. Thanks for sharing!

Mine mostly gets tangled when I sleep - I must move around a lot. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to stop this from happening. Luckily, I haven't had a problem with insulin delivery. I think the tubing has a mind of its own :)

I know how you feel about the supply closet. I've got 23" and 43" tubing options, 6mm and 9mm cannulas. It's like some sort of spy-movie gun closet, but not nearly as cool. By the way, why is the tubing length measured in inches, yet the cannula is in metric? Discuss amongst yourselves...

I was laughing as I read your entry - my daughter is continually getting tangled in her 'wires' - I would love to know how many times I've said "your wires are out" when they sneak out from under her shirts - people look at us like we are crazy (we are but that is beside the point)

Oh man, I've had some nice tube pretzels as well. One thing my endo's nurse recommended was that I try the Tubeguard: http://www.infusion-set.com/index.asp?pageid=H2306
It's a little spool for pump tubing that has a clip on the back so you can stick it on your waistband. I don't use mine as much as I should, though when I do use it, the tubing pretzels magically go away, since you can keep it rolled up while disconnected, etc. It's pretty cool, IMHO. Just thought I would mention it.

my cat used to dig through my sheets while i was sleeping to eat through the tubes... it was not so good. but now i have gone tubeless, so he can't eat them anymore! i hope your cat doesn't do it again soon! :)

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