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"Gushers"

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OK...I don't pump, but I'm thinking of it for the future, and these infamous "gushers" I've heard about scare me.

 

Can someone who gets them give me a straight answer as to how much blood we're actually talking about here? Is it a conisistently increasing drop? Does it trickle down you a little? Does it drip on the floor? Is it a gaping wound that requires a tourniquet? Is it a fountain? A geyser? Does it spurt or shoot?

 

Seriously....how bad are we talking? And don't just say "a lot". A lot compared to what? Compared to a bloodtest or compared to an appendectomy?

 

Thanks. :)

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Ever prick your finger and then squeeze it, not get blood, but all of a sudden get a nice squirt of blood? That's a gusher. I've had a few sets bleed when I take them out, but I just blot it away and it's fine. We're not talking much blood at all. A trickle is the worst I've gotten.

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Ever prick your finger and then squeeze it, not get blood, but all of a sudden get a nice squirt of blood? That's a gusher. I've had a few sets bleed when I take them out, but I just blot it away and it's fine. We're not talking much blood at all. A trickle is the worst I've gotten.

 

Well THAT I can handle. If this is everyone's experience, we have some exaggerators on here. ;)

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The last one I had could have put out a fire. LOL

 

I've never had an appendectomy so I can't compare to that. Generally when I think of the term gusher I think of one where it does take some pressure for the bleading to stop. Generally when this occurs I grab some guaze and apply pressure for a minute and it stops.

 

When it comes out it comes out as a small stream. It doesn't spray out, just leaks out and runs down my stomach if I don't catch it fast enough.

 

I had quite a few during the month of march, but generally speaking, it happens about once a year.

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If this is any consolation at all Beth, I have pumped for six years and never had a gusher (knock on wood).

 

I haven't read of anyone bleeding to death from one!!! :whistling

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About once a year is right. Little messy, but not hard to stop.

About the time you forget about them, it will catch you off guard.

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My (frequent) gushers never squirted/spurted like a geyser or actually left my skin or leapt out into the air. But they involved much more blood than a fingerprick ever did, even those "gushing fingerpricks." So yes, some of them did take pressure for a few minutes to stop, some of them did run down my stomach/butt/leg, some of them did drop on the floor. I wouldn't call it a trickle, I would call it more of a steady stream (if I didn't catch it) that usually involved a clean up... Who knows what someone would have thought if they walked in on me like that... sticky bloody hands and blood drops on the floor! :laugh: I kid you not! No exaggeration here! I am an ex-pumper partially due to that!

 

But anyway, I hardly think I represent the pumping majority, so don't let the possibility of gushers stop you. :wink:

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My last one about a week ago was scary to me. I've never seen that much blood coming out of my thigh before. By the time I got to the kitchen to get some paper towels it was gushing down my leg onto the floor. It made a mess. Seriously I think it's because I have very thin blood. Fingerpricks bleed very good for me too. It stopped after about 10 minutes of pressure.

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I only got a gusher once... and, yes, it really gushed! Not sure if I hit a capillary or what, but something happened.

 

I wouldn't worry about it too much. Yes, it can happen, but I think it's few and far between...

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Hi Beth! I just had my first bloody one (hehe - get it?) last week. I was surprised because it's usually totally dry when I take out the set, but this time the blood started to drip, then run down my stomach. I leaned forward fast and tried to catch the blood in my hand (because I was wearing a new outfit dammit!:)) My son ran and got me a paper towel and after pressing on the spot for just a couple seconds, the bleeding stopped. Didn't hurt at all, just looked yucky. We laughed afterwards! (the outfit survived BTW, which is obviously the most important!) Not a big deal at all, honestly!

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Dear Beth, in two years on the pump, I've had two gushers, and I wouldn't give up my pump for worries about them. Yes, there was a trickle down my stomach, but stopped in a few seconds when I held a tissue to the spot. In retrospect, both were my own fault as I was in a hurry and just tore my infusions off. The sites were both itchy at the time, which meant I'd left them on for too long and I knew I should have changed them.

 

Most people handle the pump wonderfully. I've been diabetic for over 30 years, and at 64 look and feel better than I did at that age, and I believe it is all due to the pump and my initiative to keep my blood sugars at a good level. Good luck with pumping!

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I've had one that was in my leg, before I could react it ran down the side of my leg, got on my chair, and then when I got up to try and waddle to the bathroom (no duck jokes, I had literally dropped trou to insert my next set into my other leg and I already had that one in and dangling), it ran all the way down my leg. Now that's a bleeder.

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Any gusher can be stopped by holding a folded tissue/napkin/paper towel against it for a while using pressure. Hold your finger or palm (pad at the base of the thumb) against it until you get to the paper towel.

 

They are alarming. I have had only one and had't heard of them before it happened, so it was a surprise. I also have had the "squirt gun" effect when I do a fingerstick. I take ibuprophen, so probably have thinner blood.

 

Interesting lives we lead, huh? Mich

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Beth i just started pumping and me and my husband look like anal retentive examining my skin to see a clear site so there is no vein or little capilary to hit lol.....but i am sure i will stop this soon......and maybe have one

 

Cheryl

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I've had 2 in 14 months of pumping. Once you had your first one, you tend to have paper towels around, just in case... ;)

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I've been pumping >1 week and I got my first gusher today. It didn't "gush" at all. As far as the actual quantity of blood it was like when you cry and you have tears rolling down your cheek...

It was just a gentle but steady stream of blood. As soon as I put pressure on it, it stopped. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I expected, but it did leave a nice bruise :)

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I get a gusher from time to time - it's not really too big a deal and it would certainly never keep me from wanting to pump! The first time is a little disconcerting - and had I known about them beforehand it would have been no big deal. They just take a little pressure to stop. I do seem to have one area on my stomach that is more prone to gushers than any other site I use.

 

Kain - a "gusher" happens sometimes when removing an infusion set. You wil sometimes nick a capillary when inserting a new set which "heals" around the cannula. When you remove the old infusion set, you open up the "wound" and it bleeds a bit to a lot - but are easily stopped with some gauze or tissue and pressure.

 

Ken

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In 2 years I have never ever had more than a tiny drop of blood, which is very rare. Unless you are a hemophiliac, don't worry about it.

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