Diabetes Real Estate.
Control is tough to come by these days - and it seems like the more I fret about it, the more tangled my numbers become. I'm trying a more relaxed approach (yes, I am as high-strung as I seem, why do you ask?!) to diabetes management. Like this past weekend: instead of shlepping myself home to RI and spending more time in the car than with friends and family, I decided to stay home in CT and relax. I watched movies. I worked on some writing I was trying to finish. I made iced tea and cleaned my house. (And I also tried on my wedding dress for no reason, but that's neither here nor there.)
Overall, I tried to freaking relax. And it helped - my numbers didn't act out. Apparently the absence of cortisol helps blood sugar stability - who knew?
In addition to decompressing a bit, I also tried out a few new site locations last week. I'm wondering if my thighs are a bit overused and if absorption is suffering as a result of the scartissue. To give my legs a rest, I made good use of an arm site and a back site.
The arm site I've done before. I can insert it myself (on my left arm, since I'm right-handed), it is pretty pain-free, and is away from my abdomen, which I prefer. The mechanics of an arm site are a bit tricky, though. If I aim the tubing towards my shoulder (see the photo), the tube goes up my shoulder, through the sleeve of my shirt, down the side of my body and then comes to a rest at my waist, where the pump is clipped. It's a little complicated, because the tubing sometimes pinches where it's snaked underneath the side of my bra and it tickles a smidge, too. Also, I almost ripped the site off a few times when putting on/taking off a sports bra, but overall, I just need to remember where the hell the site is and I don't screw it up.
Using my lower back as a site for an infusion set scared the crap out of me, but I knew it was possible because I saw Sara stick her CGM trial sensor there at the CWD conference. It just made me feel squeamish thinking about the needle being inserted into my back ... actually, just writing that is making me feel all eeeew. But, after psyching myself up and reminding myself that if it hurt, I could just rip it right out, I used the ol' Quick-Serter to stick a set into my lower back, towards the side.
This site didn't sting much going in (totally unused real estate here), but the first bolus was a bitch and a half. It stung like crazy! Thankfully, it only took a few boluses to really get the site settled in and by the end of the first day, I didn't feel it at all. I've worn it to the gym, to the movies, and in clothing with varying waist bands with no problem. The only difference between this and wearing it on my thigh is that it's higher and the tubing doesn't naturally tuck down my leg, so snagged tubing is a risk. Overall, I'm digging it, and grateful for the option.
New real estate options for my pump? Check. Chillin' out, maxing, relaxing all cool? (Name that sitcom!) Check. Have any of you guys tried these sites? Any options for new places?
And how was your weekend? :)