Silhouetting for the First Time
As most of you know, I lost my insurance a couple of months ago and since then I have been scrambling trying to find the supplies that I need to get by until I’m able to properly budget for all the crazy costs that are occurring now. During this time, I was able to try out the Silhouette infusion sets for the first time. I have been pushing this off because, well, they kind of scared me because I knew they had a lot bigger of a needle.
I do not have the insertion device, so I knew that I had to go at it all by myself. This was pretty terrifying, especially the first time. It went in pretty easily, but then again, I’m not even sure that it went in all the way. The whole 20-40 degree angle insertion thing was a little tricky. It reminded me of the Medtronic CGM insertion device (which I dislike strongly as well). Overall, there was no blood, no screaming, and nothing too crazy.
The reason that I decided to use this today is because I had to take out the Quick-Set site that I had in because it was leaking. I am running low on Quick-Sets (down to about 4-5), so I figured that I better learn how to use these Silhouettes now and find out if they actually work for me before it’s too late. My blood sugar was 372 when I changed out the site. I took a correction bolus and now two hours later, my blood sugar is 351. So, it didn’t come down too much, so, I’m not 100% sure if the site is in properly and working.
I am about to eat dinner soon, so I guess we will find out shortly after that.
Also, another reason that I am concerned about the silhouette infusion sets is because I use about 180 units per day. Since these sites go in at a 40-ish degree angle, there’s no way the skin can handle that much insulin, so I will need to change this thing out like every day or two.
I am getting a bit worried about this situation with these silhouettes. I think that I may have 4 unopened boxes that I won’t be able to use.
Here’s to these sites working well for me to get me through the year.
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