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Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April of 1980. I recognize the incredible mental struggle of living with diabetes. I hope to share my struggles, my successes, and everything in between.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Update on Set Changes & Timing

In a post a while back I was talking about how I run high for a while right after changing my infusion set.

I mentioned the problem to a couple of educators and clinicians, and they suggested making sure I am inserting the set into a very "fresh" site/location - something that doesn't have much scar tissue or "nodules", and to also do the set change right before breakfast, getting a nice big breakfast bolus delivered right after the set change.

I've been pumping for what I consider to be a "long time", which in numbers works out to be somewhere around 8-10 years (I can't remember exactly when I started). For all of those years I've used my abdomen and lower back (love handle) areas. I've always been very good at changing my sites every 3 days and rotating around each side, etc. So I am a little disturbed to think that my tissue is at the point where I'm having absorption problems.

Trying their suggestions, I have started using my rear end. I was very hesitant, just because it's a new place - I've never jabbed a needle there before and didn't know if it would hurt worse than my "usual" sites. To my delight, it was very comfortable, and I did the change right before breakfast. I had a normal breakfast and took a normal bolus.

My blood sugar did not spike and run high!! It was great! A normal blood sugar after a set change and a meal! How refreshing!

The next experiment will be to let my abdomen heal up for a while (how long will that take?), and then try infusing there again. I'll also have to do some research on alternate infusion sites and see what other options I've got.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the back of the upper arms and the area on the back behind them to be fairly comfortable and effective for giving the other sites a break.

1:49 PM  

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