My pursuit of better bg numbers has led me to a real estate issue I do not have enough stomach space to comfortably wear an infusion set and sensor in my stomach, AND have my pump clipped to my waist…Sommething had to give, so I have spent the past week experimenting with new sites for my infusion set.
I thought for sure, it would hurt to jab a big old infusion set into anything but my stomach, but I’ve been surprised. I started last week with my leg. It felt fine, and didn’t bother me at all, but got really red on day three. (I won’t tell you how long I usually go in between site changes, it’s really not healthy.)
So, on to the next leg. This site went in over the weekend, and involved a couple of trips to our neighborhood pool. I decided I was going to suck it up, and sport my pump accesories on the outside. I typically have an inufsion set in my stomach, and my pump clipped to a the bottoms of a tankini, so it’s not too obvious. But with the infusion set on my leg, and the tubing visible, it was a little scary. I ended up doing it, and truth be told, in the kidie pool, parents are more focused on their kids than anyone’s mediccal devices, so I felt ok with it.
Enter night before last. My leg site that i was so proud of was hurting. It started out a little concerning in morning, then moved quickly to the anything above a 2 unit bolus would send shooting pains in my entire thigh category. When I pulled it, a big blob of puss came gushing out (eeew, sorry). I have never had an infusion set do this to me, and two days later there is still a welt in the spot that hurts to the touch.
So I was back to square one…where else could I sstick one of these things? I started thinking back to my childhood shots, and came up with my hip. I busted out the IV prep wipe, cleaned the area, and jabbed it in. Fortunately, my husband was near bc I could not figure out how to pull the needle out on my own. With his help, my hip site has been holding steady for a few days now. i think it will be good at the pool, too, since it conceals everything.
So, I am pleased with my real estate venture so far. I think I’ll come up with something that allows me to wear this darned sensor and be a bit more comfortable.