Feeling the Burn.
In the winter months, one of my favorite places to stash the pump is in my sock. (Need a visual? Here you go.) When the infusion set is in my leg, the tubing is just long enough to feed down into my sock and rest quietly against my shin bone.
This worked out fine for years and then my old Minimed 512 died on me. (On my 21st diabetes anniversary, oddly enough.) Quick work by the Minimed reps had my new and improved Minimed 522 at my doorstep the next day.
The new pump looks a lot like the old one, but it had one significant update: my blood sugar results from my One Touch UltraLink were sent directly to my pump. I test, the result would show up on the meter screen, and a second later, it would beeeep up on the screen of my pump.
But I've noticed this weird thing over the past few months: When I remove my pump from my sock at the end of a work day, there's a red irritation. At first, I thought it was just the mark of my pump against my skin (sometimes I can see the imprint of the buttons when my socks are too tight). It's not a burn so much as a pink raised irritation.
Then it dawned on me: I'm sending electrical signals to my pump. I'm frying my skin with every blood sugar test that pings through the ether. (I have the most sensitive skin on the planet, it seems.)
And then it made me think - there's a lot of infrared bits going about in my day-to-day. Whenever I have the Dexcom receiver above my head, I wonder if the transmittal waves are beaming through my brain. When I have my body between my meter and my pump, I wonder what cells of mine are being zipped through to transmit those results. Between diabetes technological bits, my cell phone, and all the other waves being generated by our savvy society, I have to wonder how much of it is embedding itself into my body.
Paranoid? Oh sure - but curious about this, too. Do I need to start wearing a tin foil hat?
To be honest, I'm so burnt out this morning from a low at 5:30 am that I can't think in normal thought patterns today. I'm back to my Siah in the banana mind-chaos. (I think I need a bit of a break. Looking forward to spending this coming weekend hiding from the Internet at a bed and breakfast.)
But seriously - is anyone else using the sock trick from time to time with their Minimed 722 or 522? And are you getting that weird little red burn? I have to know if I'm the only one. Because if I am, I may need to shove myself into a banana and get my brain in order.