When I got home from the gym last night, I ripped out that belly site with relish. (And a small bit of ketchup, as it bled a teeny bit and that makes me wonder if I had nicked something and if that had contributed to excess pain. But I've digressed. Again.)
After showering, I slid a little IV prep on the back of my left arm, where I took daily injections for so long, and held the circular, blue Quick-Serter against my arm. Leaving no time for anticipation, I hit the buttons on the side and plunged the needle into my skin. No real pain, not much impact, and when I pulled the Quick-Serter back, I exposed a neatly nested circle of white on the back of my arm, with the blue needle sticking out of it.
"Gotcha now," I muttered.
Pulled out the blue needle and fixed primed the set with 0.3u of Humalog. No burn. I clipped the pump to my yoga pants. It felt weird to have the tubing all "up north" instead of the southern hemisphere of my body. I laced the tubing underneath the side of my sports bra and kept it along the side of my body. This worked for the most part, aside from the fact that it tickled a bit on the underside of my arm.
I pulled on a black t-shirt and surveyed the scene. I could see the set bulging out a little bit underneath my arm, but since it was on the back, it seemed barely noticeable. I fell asleep more aware of the fact that the pump wasn't on my leg, instead of hyper-aware of the set on my arm.
This morning, not much different. Showering proved to be no issue, as the shower poof didn't come into direct contact with the site (it does when I'm using my leg -- I'm obsessive about shaving). I got dressed in a pink sweater and black skirt and snaked the pump tubing underneath the side panel of my bra and along the side of my body again, coming to a rest tucked into the top of my skirt.
Pros to wearing it on my arm are that the area has been virtually untouched for the last four years, save for the rare injection. It's up and out of the way, so using the bathroom isn't a tricky "hey, did I just skim the site with my pants?" excursion. It's not creating a bulge that I can see without lifting my arm a little bit, and once the tubing is secured under my bra, it doesn't budge.
Cons to this site are that dressing/undressing is a bit tricky, as there's plenty of braided tubing to contend with. It aches a teeny bit, but nothing too dissimilar from a thigh site and nothing even close to the ache of an abdomen site. It's a bit tricky to connect/disconnect because I can't really see it, but since I don't usually look when I reconnect, I can do it by feel. The main con is that I can't extend the tubing to my sock and hide my pump there, so I'm experimenting with different "above-the-belt" hiding spots. Today it's tucked inside my tights, against my hipbone.
So, thanks to your encouragement, I think I have a new spot to rotate my infusion sets to. And it wasn't too scary! Now it's your turn to try something new. :)