Now of course the easiest way to remove an infusion set is simply to pull it off, like you would a plaster. But here at ShootUp we say where’s the fun in that? There are far more entertaining ways of separating a set from your skin.
- Buttock and thigh sets can be conveniently ripped out by over-enthusiastic trouser removal when going to the toilet. This is always a pleasure.
- Pumps have been warned before by ShootUp about their door handle fetish. But to little effect. Handles of any form – door, cupboard, drawer – act as a handy extraction device. And have the added joy of allowing you the experience of horizontal bungee jumping when you discover just how far your tube can stretch as you continue walking past the handle you didn’t realise you were attached to.
- Door frames can also be a useful tool. Mostly I manage to just ram the pump into them as I walk through, chipping the paintwork as I go, but occasionally you can hit them at just the right angle and remove an infusion set.
- My most exciting infusion set removal was on a boat in a storm whilst trying to get the life jackets. I wouldn’t recommend that one.
- Dropping the pump so that it hangs from your infusion set is surprisingly ineffective. I have done this many times – mostly because it seems to make non pumpers a bit queasy when they see it happen and is therefore entertaining – but have never managed to pull a set out this way.
- Applying a set after having had a bath seems a sure fire way to mess it up. It goes in ok, but generally falls off within a couple of hours – something to do with hot, damp skin and a residue of bubble bath I think. There is plenty of skin cleaning gunk on the market to avoid this problem, but where’s the fun in that?
Any other exciting ways to remove an infusion set?