Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sometimes it’s the little things . . .

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When I started pumping, my Medtronic rep recommended trying the Quick-Set infusion set since it’s their most popular one.  They’ve always worked well for me and I’m still using them today.


One of the things that appealed to me from the start was the Quick-Serter, a device to help easily insert my infusion sets.  Sure, I had been doing injections for a long time, but for me, inserting a site was a very differently thing and the Quick-Serter helped make it relatively painless and  . . . well . . . quick!!  Some time later I saw a post or tweet or something from another pumper who was changing the type of set she used and she was looking to pass along her unneeded Quick-Serter.  I gratefully accepted, happy to have a spare.

Then one day I saw a post (I wish I could remember who wrote it) by a blogger who inserted his or her Quick-Sets manually.  No inserter??  The thought had never crossed my mind.  But I decided it might not be a bad idea to try it, because you just never know.  What if I didn’t have my Quick-Serter handy but needed to change my site?  So I hemmed and hawed . . . . I screwed up my courage . . . . and thwack I slapped my site on manually.  And it wasn’t so bad.  It was a bit awkward, but it really didn’t hurt any more than usual.  Satisfied that I had done it, I promptly went back to using my Quick-Serter.

For whatever reason, a few weeks ago I decided to do a manual insertion again.  And again.  And again.  My Quick-Serter has stayed nestled in my d-supply drawer.  I’ve found I really like inserting my sites manually.  It’s not that it’s easier.  It’s not that it hurts less.  It’s not that doing it either way is better or worse.  But manual insertion feels like a bit of a rebellion for me - Ms. Play-By-The-Rules Straight-And-Narrow Nerd-Girl.  It may be a little thing, but in some way it feels like a win!!  And any time you can score a win against diabetes it’s a good thing!!

Have you had any little Diabetes Wins lately??

** My Medtronic disclosure can be found here. **


  1. Well done! I have to admit a bit of awe and lots of admiration for those of you who have to deal with insulin. I know just enough to be nervous about it. The fact that you can just slap that sucker on is so cool! Win for sure! (Take that you beast!)

    I wrote today about a downer day yesterday, but in the end it was definitely a win. Dpeeps rock!!

  2. Funny! It has never occurred to me to put in a Quick-set manually - though I did try some other sets like Silhouette way back when and had to insert them manually since I didn't have a spring-loaded torture device for those.

  3. When I used the Quick-set the originally version of the Quickserter was great. Then they "had" to redesign it because people weren't following the directions for use. The new version didn't work for me at all. Now I am a manual inserter but I think it's a different story with the Sure-Ts.

  4. More power to you, Karen!! I've manually done the Quick Sets in a pinch, my site failed, I had the extra set but no serter!! I hemmed and hawed like crazy, but once I did I felt a sense of accomplishment:) So I definitely can relate!

  5. if you like the manual insertion, try the sure-t! i'm a total convert.

    but kudos to you! i only manually inserted quick-sets when i absolutely had to. ouch! *hat tip*


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