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> I Had A Bleeder, bleeding sites
Bode
post Jan 21 2012, 09:20 PM
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I change my set in an unusual way. To save time, I set my pump up with a new reservoir, load everything and when I get to the part where I'm supposed to apply the infusion set I take my shower. When I got to the bathroom and realized that my previous site was still there I casually pulled it off. I was immediately shocked when the spot where the cannula went in began to bleed profusely. We're talking about a LOT of blood! It scared the doo-doo out of me! I immediately applied pressure with a folded piece of toilet paper and waited for it to stop. It took ten minutes. I was covered in blood and totally freaked out! Has this happened to anyone else?
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Linda B
post Jan 22 2012, 01:10 AM
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QUOTE(Bode @ Jan 21 2012, 04:20 PM) *
I change my set in an unusual way. To save time, I set my pump up with a new reservoir, load everything and when I get to the part where I'm supposed to apply the infusion set I take my shower. When I got to the bathroom and realized that my previous site was still there I casually pulled it off. I was immediately shocked when the spot where the cannula went in began to bleed profusely. We're talking about a LOT of blood! It scared the doo-doo out of me! I immediately applied pressure with a folded piece of toilet paper and waited for it to stop. It took ten minutes. I was covered in blood and totally freaked out! Has this happened to anyone else?

It happened to me once in a hotel room! Luckily I was in the bathroom and was able to clean it up. I ALWAYS hold a tissue in my hand when I pull a site out. I seldom need it, but when I do, I'm glad I don't have to reach for it. They always stop with pressure. I have never had one take 10 minutes to stop. I don't blame you for being scared.
It wasn't clear if you pulled it AFTER your shower. If you did, don't ever do that again. The heat of the shower expands blood vessels that are near to the skin. I always wait at least an hour after the shower to pull a site.

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post Jan 22 2012, 04:20 AM
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It's happened to me a few times too, so bad that it ran down my leg, onto the bath mat, etc. Like Linda, I now never pull a set without a tissue in my hand, usually holding it right below the set. I've always changed sets in the bathroom and won't do it anywhere else.
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post Jan 22 2012, 04:34 AM
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QUOTE(Linda B @ Jan 21 2012, 06:10 PM) *
.... I always wait at least an hour after the shower to pull a site.

Linda B.

I have never had a "gusher". I've read about a lot of folks that have had some "beauts". Blood gushing onto walls and stuff. I always just take mine out while I'm in the shower. I figure that if I do have one, it would be better there.

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post Jan 22 2012, 04:53 AM
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I had this happen to me sveral weeks ago. luckily I was in the bathroom. It just kept bleeding real bad but I finally got it stopped. It was a little scary.Thanks, Dan
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post Jan 22 2012, 12:25 PM
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I have had several...I think what happens is the body starts rejecting the infusion site and blood collects and forms a pocket
around the cannula and when removed the blood "gushes out of the hole. I always keep something handy when removing
a infusion set, in my case there seems to be little warning other than my BG could be a little high. The first time it happen
I was unaware of the bleeding and my kitchen ended up looking like a crime scene.


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Richc
post Jan 22 2012, 03:43 PM
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(IMG:style_emoticons/default/Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.gif) Had a few. I just got finished changing my set a few minutes ago. I pulled the old set off and there was a large drop of blood oozing out but no gusher. But when you do, you have to be prepared.
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post Jan 22 2012, 05:20 PM
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Yep, it happen to me a couple of times in the 2+ years pumping. Usually at the worst time. But, is that what Murphy's Law is about. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)


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post Jan 22 2012, 06:44 PM
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QUOTE(Bode @ Jan 21 2012, 04:20 PM) *
I change my set in an unusual way. To save time, I set my pump up with a new reservoir, load everything and when I get to the part where I'm supposed to apply the infusion set I take my shower. When I got to the bathroom and realized that my previous site was still there I casually pulled it off. I was immediately shocked when the spot where the cannula went in began to bleed profusely. We're talking about a LOT of blood! It scared the doo-doo out of me! I immediately applied pressure with a folded piece of toilet paper and waited for it to stop. It took ten minutes. I was covered in blood and totally freaked out! Has this happened to anyone else?


I've had many in more than 18 years of pumping. Most of the recent gushers came from pulling out a Sure-T too fast. The worst gusher I had was from a fingerstick done at my endo's office. I put pressure on it with a gauze pad and I thought it stopped and I went shopping and when I was in the dressing room I saw blood on the floor. I'm glad I didn't get any on the clothes I was trying on. I continued to put pressure on it for another ten minutes. When I get the gushers at my infusion or sensor sites I put pressure on them and then I tape them down to be on the safe side. The irony of this is that my PCP calls me "The Bloodless Wonder" because getting blood from my veins is not an easy task. I'm a phlebotomist's nightmare (or challenge),


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post Jan 22 2012, 08:01 PM
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I've only had a couple of gushers, and several more sites that oozed a nice blob of blood but that was easily stopped. I currently change my sets in the evening, before dinner, because I'm always in a rush in the morning. I am worried about getting another gusher now but don't think about it much. When I changed sets in the morning I always removed my old set in the shower so cleaning up was not an issue. I'd just let it bleed out until it stopped. It's gross, but fascinating at the same time.


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post Jan 23 2012, 01:31 PM
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QUOTE(aggie168 @ Jan 22 2012, 12:20 PM) *
Yep, it happen to me a couple of times in the 2+ years pumping. Usually at the worst time. But, is that what Murphy's Law is about. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

LOL! My pump's name is Murphy! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/Wave.gif)

Thanks everyone. I now have a huge hematoma where the site was. I guess it just went into a small vein. Also, I take aspirin and that thins my blood. Still, there's nothing quite as scary as a runaway bleeder LOL!
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post Apr 23 2012, 07:28 PM
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Hi All, This has happened to me many times, usually after i have fired in a new site. The site feels very uncomfortable & I can see blood in the canula. This is when i pull it out & start again. I must be firing into small vains. Very scary. I now use shorter canulas.
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