7/21/2011

ellie's first pod change

Ellie is now on day 4 of her Omnipod saline trial.  Since yesterday was day 3, and the disposable pod needs to moved to a different site every 2-3 days, it was time for Ellie to take off the old pod and place a new one on. 

We took a video so her could show her away-family members what an insulin pump is all about, and for the the CWD's within the DOC how she loves podding!




Things I noticed after watching the video

 ~  Ellie's hands are dirty when she is removing the old pod (you can see where she was blending a pencil drawing by the mark the side of her hand.)  I can assure you she washed them thoroughly when the video 'breaks' for the first time.

~  I used a vegetable oil soaked cotton swab to loosen the adhesive on the old pod.  I know this is probably not the recommended procedure, but it was what we had on hand.  I let it 'soak' for about 15 minutes and as you can see it came off pretty easily.

~  Ellie does not normally wear her t-shirts all tight and pulled back above the midriff.  This was for easy viewing of the pod change.

~ I did not instruct Ellie to swab the top of the saline bottle with an alcohol pad before inserting the needle.  Naughty.  I will do better next time!

~  I did not instruct Ellie to pinch up the skin while inserting the new pod.  I forgot!  Maybe this is why she flinched.  I think pinching the skin up before insertion ensures the needle and cannula go into fat, not muscle.  Correct me if I am wrong!

~  Any thing else?  Do any of you 'podders' have any tips or suggestions for next time?  We will do one more pod change before we return the trial pump back to the Endocrinologist.  They will need a week to process insurance and then we will have a bright, shiny Omnipod insulin pump of our very own.  Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!

18 comments:

Tracy1918 said...

Love the pod!!! We started in december.

We use Unisolve to remove the pod. Rub it all over the adhesive and let it sit for a couple minutes. Comes off easy breezy.

We also use stuff to make it stick better while swimming. Skintac works great for us.

I hope you like it. Feel free to ask any questions!!!

Love you!

Roselady said...

It was a really great idea to make this, so people can get an idea about the pod if they are interested. great idea. I'm still impressed about the tummy sites. And, I also love all your explanations post video.

Lora said...

She's a doll! Did she put air into the saline bottle before she filled the syringe?

I think one bonus to the pod is how easy the site change would be for Justin to do himself. Interesting.

NikDuck said...

She is SO brave and so are you! Natalie watched for the first minute and wanted to know how old she is and then she left the room. Thanks for sharing.

cjb said...

alright she is so stinkin cute!! And think how far she has come...did you ever think you'd see her doing this, independently, last fall?! Yay Ellie!!

Football and Fried Rice said...

She is soooo cute!! Its a good thing she can read so well :) I had no idea you were "going" with the pod! So excited for Ellie!

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

Yay! I can't see the video, but I can't wait to get back to some better internet and watch it with my Brooke.

Reyna said...

Yep...she is ADORABLE...and I am loving seeing this "POD" everyone is speaking so highly of. I haven't really seen the whole process before. Way to go Ellie! Way to go YOU! xo

Leigh said...

Yayyyyy, Ellie! You go girl!! I have to admit though, I got kind of emotional at the insertion part. Our rep said that we would be able to try the saline trial before Aiden, and I am dying to know how it feels! She is so brave!! We went through all the insurance stuff and have our appointment on 8/1 and hopefully our endo will give us the green light! :) Can't wait!!!

Jessie Bosley said...

I have never been more proud of you Ellie...although I have to admit I teared up several times watching this just realizing all you have to go through on a daily basis. Keep on keepin on Ellie Bellie!!!! Luv Auntie J

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

WAY TO GO ELLIE!!!
Nice job with the pod change!!

Couple of things we do...

We deactivate the 'old' pod before putting UniSolve on it to loosen the adhesive...that way if it lets loose on it's own (which it's done before) you don't have an alarm to deal with! Plus you can let it loosen while you are getting the new pod ready...just cuts down on the time.
We wipe out the viewing window with a tissue after the cap is removed. Well, more like shove a corner in, but whatever! This soaks up any insulin that comes out during the priming process and cuts down on condensation that can obstruct the view of the cannula.
You definitely want to hold the pod up a bit when putting it on your tummy...minimizes the chance of hitting something other than that fatty layer. Nothing too extreme...just lifting it so it pulls the skin up a little works just fine.
Oh, and we also pull the 'old' pod off starting at the cannula end. That way the cannula comes out first and it's not shifting while you pull the rest of the pod off...just a comfort thing more than anything, but it could also help with the blood squirting! ;)

Awesome job!! So excited for you guys!! :)

Roselady said...

My son just watched the video. I think he loved the familiarity...

Denise aka 'Mom of Bean' said...

FYI, the recycling kit is $8 and they pay for the shipping via FedEx. Not a bad price for keeping those mechanical parts and insulin out of the landfill! :)

Sarah said...

wow...what an incredible video. So informative. The only thing I'd agree with (that I know about) from comments is getting Unisolve wipes, we didn't know about these until a while back and were using baby oil, which worked but not like unisolve.
Thanks for sharing this it helps even the adult t1d like my husband whom is still in the beginning steps of switching to the pod.

Alexis Nicole said...

She is such a cutie!!

We use baby oil to remove Js sites and sensors, he couldn't stand the smell of unixolve. Veg oil is smart!

So exciting seeing the transition to pumping!

Nikki of Our Diabetic Warrior said...

Sending high 5's!!!!!! Ellie I am sooo super duper proud of you!

Shannon@ The New Normal Life said...

I just wanted to say thanks so much! This was very helpful and a great training video while trying to decide which pump is right for us!

sfincham said...

My Ellie uses the pod and really enjoyed the video of your Ellie changing her pod out! She hasn't ever watched anyone else do it! Thanks for sharing!
We do shut the old one off and start the priming on the new one before taking the tape off (just faster). I use baby oil, but really need to get the adhesive remover...it's nicer. I don't worry too much about bubbles in the syringe (it looked like Ellie was a little worried about the air in the syringe) and have never had an issue with the pod priming them out that I know of either! Now I have had quite a few pods not do the 2 beep thing after inserting the insulin. This makes you think it's not full enough to operate. However, When I'm sure I've put in the 100 units, I've gone ahead and primed it and they have always worked so if you don't get the 2 beeps after filling one, don't necessarily think it's bad. I have had a handful beep dead right after injecting the insulin! This is frustrating and annoying. First, always carry 2 extra pods with you...then if the first one dies you have the second one as back up. Second, although it is NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL, you can suck the insulin out of the pod if you just stuck insulin in there and the pod beeps dead upon filling it! Call in pods. They replace them for you and you should get replacements for any pod errors or issues you may have!
I'm glad you all are enjoying the new pump! Let me know if you have a question! I'll be more than happy to chat! sarajeanfincham@gmail.com
Happy Pod-ding!!! XXXOOO