Over the last few weeks, the elements haven’t been particularly forgiving. Arctic temperatures blasting their way through New England, feet of snow falling by the clump … my whole front yard looks sponsored by Frozen and I can’t let it go because I have to fucking shovel it. Despite having a heavy winter coat and gloves and all the “right” clothes to keep my body warm and protected, my skin is still suffering in this winter wonderland.
Being skinned alive by Jack Frost is not good for diabetes device real estate.
Even though I do my best to mitigate the rash that blooms after wearing a Dexcom sensor, my sites still turn red and scaly (sometimes not for a few days, which makes for a fun surprise). The Toughpad works to keep the blisters from cropping up, but it’s not a perfect system. The winter weather makes it worse, causing the scales to go full-dragon and itch like mad. Same goes for insulin pump sites. Even though those are only stuck to me for three days (at most), they still leave a red ring and the aforementioned scales.
As far as diabetes crap goes, I love my insulin pump. And my CGM data. These two devices have put diabetes into context and have helped turn down the once-constantly-boiling back burner to more a simmer.
(the tools I usually use to keep my Dexcom from eating me)
Which is why it pisses me off when my skin makes wearing my devices uncomfortable. The frigid air outside and the unnaturally dry, warm air inside has left my skin dry, scaly, uncomfortable, and unable to host invasive devices for their approved time frame.
So for the last few days, and for the next few coming, I’m taking a reluctant break from my Dexcom sensor, and will probably take a short pump break, too (though it’s less pressing since the sites are so much smaller). I hate taking breaks that aren’t “by choice” but instead are forced by a lack of diabetes real estate. (Yes. Waaaaaaah waaah.)
Maybe this will be a good opportunity to tune back into relying more on my meter than my CGM. Or maybe it will teach me a higher level of appreciation for the devices I have access to. Maybe it will teach me to drink more water and to take colder showers and to moisturize more? Maybe it will annoy the absolute fuck out of me? And maybe I’ll do that to you by ranting about it? 😉
Regardless, at least I can itch madly and apply this smells-like-a-stick-of-chewing-gum lotion all day long until my skin stops hating me.