Needed More Diabetes Real Estate.
Wearing two diabetes devices has its mental hurdles, but sometimes the physical hurdles are the most irritating. For the last two weeks, my husband and I have been packing up our old apartment and I've been closing out my office at dLife, so there's been a lot of physical lifting and moving of stuff.
Which means there's been a lot of Dexcom and insulin pump site set jostling. Wearing the Dex and the pump full-time means plenty of little red dots on my thighs and lower back, and the physical movement of moving has made these areas even more irritating and inflamed.
What's my point?
My point is that my regular sites are sore. And I need to switch things up a bit. Again. So last night, I opted for an arm site for my infusion set, instead of my standard thigh or hips. I've worn the site here before, and it was comfortable, but it can be a hassle wrangling the tubing and shirts/bras.
So this round, I opted to use the longer tubing (43 inches) and I'm snaking that up my arm, down under the back of my bra, and then down to my hips where the pump clips to my pants. The longer tubing gives me just enough room to accidentally pull on the tubing without jerking the site out.
It is a very different place for me to wear it, though. So I reminded Chris to remind me.
"Dude, I'm showing you in case I forget. The site is on my arm, okay?"
Now, as I sit here and write this, I can't feel the wire and it's undetectable underneath my long-sleeved shirt. Hopefully wearing the site on my arm for a few days will help my other sites heal and give me a little breathing room on the ol' real estate front!