Sentimental Diabetic Drivel... Documenting life of a T1 athlete
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Like many long term insulin pumpers, I'm running out of real estate to erect my plastic houses on. I've been pumping for almost 2 years which isn't long in the D-world. I'm genetically stricken with VERY fair skin. For example, I get blisters from the sun in less than a couple hours if I attempt to go out without sunscreen. My fair skin hasn't fared well from infusion and sensor site attacks. When I look at my abdomen I can still see all the infusion site leftovers for the past two or three months. It looks like a diabetic battlefield. Needless to say, I don't heal fast and my skin is super sensitive to these invasive little armies of needles and tubes. I had to venture elsewhere for new territories to conquer. Since I shunked my last sensor on my thigh. I'm getting fairly accurate data but it does hurt quite a bit especially if I bump it. I got fantastic data with it on my lower back but that posed a problem getting the sticky clear plastic cover on it, I had to get help. I hate the thought of needed someone else to help me. Someone "else" is not always going to be around when I need them. Not to mention having it on my back left me with constant weak signals.
To aid in my bodily domination I invested in some new infusion sets. I'm a Silhouette wearer all the way but came to the quick conclusion that I can't place that thing anywhere one handed. The Silhouette is a two handed procedure, no questions asked. Like I said, if I have to ask for help, it ain't happening! I purchased a box of Quick Sets. Without reading the instructions, I popped it on my lower back happy with the one-handed ease of use. I fiddled with it for awhile trying to figure out how to get the damn thing un-clipped before I finally checked the instructions. OH, pinch and twist! Got it! Now that I've seen what it can do, I feel more confident in areas that are tricky to reach like arms. I'm off to war now!
P.S. the heat has yet to let up. I would like to note that at the time of writing this it "feels like" 44 C out there (111 F) !!!! *sigh* indoor hamster wheel, here I come.