1. 45 minutes, Frank. That’s how long it took to do my first line change. I can still remember it – I had everything lined up, my dot point instruction sheet in triplicate (no kidding – one for me, one for Aaron and one for my mum, who for some reason was there), my pump trainer’s number handy and a heart rate of about 200BPM!
    It now takes all of 30 seconds and is done in between chatting to my kid, feeding the dog, doing my hair and putting on my makeup.
    You’ve totally got this!

  2. I was very lucky in that my educator came and saw me 3 days after I started on a pump so she could walk me through my first set change. I think you’re brave tackling that by yourself.

    A good hint that I learnt after a few failed set changes was to always keep the old set in for a few hours after doing a change – that way if something malfunctions during the set change, or the set change fails (kinked canula, etc), you can quickly just put the line back into the old set until you can get a new one in. Its saved my butt a couple of times (even so recently as 3 days ago when I put a new set in before going out for the day & finding the canula failed within an hour of putting it in, so I could swap back to the old one).

    You’ll be a pro in no time.

  3. Site changes can be tricky no matter how long you’ve been doing it. I’ve been doing it now for 7 years and it’s not always smooth sailing but you’ll get the hang of it. Keep going dude. You’re doing a great job 🙂

  4. Rick Phillips

    My first site change was a bloody mess ( I mean really lots of blood).

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of June 13, 2016.

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