Pink is the New Quickset?
Even though I've been pumping for several years, I've only used one kind of infusion set in that whole span of time. So last night was a diabetes first for me - my first Inset infusion set.
My first thought was, "Um, big needle? What's that about?" But it's just a mega needle for filling the pump reservoir. The infusion sets are luer lock (which I'm not sure is one word or two or what it means other than some version of "it's like a bottle cap"), which means that using the new sets means using new reservoirs. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I think I could adjust.
In addition to the funky reservoirs, the Insets come with their own built-in insertion device. This is a big score for someone like me, who travels a lot and is always having that mid-drive home to RI panic attack of "OMG IS THE QUICKSERTER IN MY BAG?!" With the tubing coiled around the infusion set there, it's a little complicated (or at least it was for me, this first time) to prime the pump and pull away the adhesive cover.
But the fact that it cocks back and becomes its own insertion device? I'm sorry - that's just downright badass to me. (It also slightly resembles a birthday cake, but that's neither here nor there.)
One thing I didn't realize until I had attached the site was that it was pink. Pink, pink, girly pink. "Chris, it's pink!" And he took a peek. "It's cute. I like it."
Another change for me to get used to was the fact that this set doesn't connect to the tubing by swiveling in place. It snaps together like a seatbelt. It isn't as low-profile as the Quickset hub, but it's pretty close. But I was weirded out by one thing:
"Where is the pump cap?"
I'm used to that little plastic disc that covers my set when I'm showering or in the ocean or during intimacy. How does this new infusion set stay "closed" even when I'm disconnected? Does anyone know? Or it is just supposed to be open like that?
One thing is for certain: this kind of infusion set does produce less garbage. Here's the aftermath from a site change with the new infusion set:
I like that the set can close all on it's own and be chucked into the sharps container. And I also kind of like the spaceship look of the infusion "pod." Actually, I just like trying something new for a change.
The disease doesn't change. Diabetes is every day and it's the same kind of crap every day. But a little technology swap or a different flavor of juice to treat a low or a new kind of workout at the gym to mix up my routine? Sometimes you just have to appreciate these little bits of change.
(Also: You guys are great. GREAT. You had so much great feedback on yesterday's post that I really feel like I have the right questions to ask my endo this week. THANK YOU for all of your informative comments!!)