Monday, December 15, 2008

Another Myth Shattered

When it comes to pumping, I've long stuck to what I know.

Witness my new insulin pump, which I start using Wednesday.

Only four years after becoming eligible for an upgrade.

Laziness? Comfort with the familiar? Yes and yes.

As a pump supply, I always thought the IV Prep Wipes were necessary. The idea is that they help infusion sets grab your skin better and adhere longer. .

They're getting the heave-ho.

My current insurance company hasn't been covering these things. And I've been paying out of pocket for them.

It's not a lot, but it's out of my pocket nonetheless.

As a test, I started using just plain alcohol before inserting the set.

And what do you know?

Cheap alcohol wipes work just as well

Farewell, IV Prep Wipes. You too, Minimed 508.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

1 comment:

Lee Ann Thill said...

I use the IV preps, but I've also used alcohol, and really don't notice a difference. I've not had any issues with adhesives though, other than sets coming loose on occasion because of sweat, but that's pretty infrequent.

Lame that your insurance co. won't cover the IV preps though. Mine's policy is to cover all pump supplies at 100% (I feel very fortunate for that), but they don't consider IV3000 a supply, even though I've found them a necessity with my CGM. The transmitter catches on everything if it's not secured. I've been paying out-of-pocket for them because I haven't found a better alternative :(


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