First, my apologies go to Valerie who hasn't had any luck with the arm site. It was also her blog post that made me finally decide to get someone to do it for me.
I LOVE arm sites.
I am a springy stretchy person. I like to bend and shift and curl up into a ball. I often just say "I'm rolling around on the floor." One of my friends' living rooms has this giant most comfortable rug on the planet. Whenever I'm there I inevitably end up on the floor rolling myself around and twisting myself into strange pretzels. I've never really sat on any of the couches or chairs in that room (except the "pod" chair but I often end up sideways/upsidedown/backwards in another form of Scully pretzel). Something about sitting still with my feet on the ground makes me anxious. Why am I telling you this? Well since I am most comfortable rolled up in a ball, abdomen sites really irritate me and get in the way, especially sensor sites. Thighs are okay but not when I'm highly active or sweating a lot, which is... um... a lot. Plus thigh sites leave marks for months for some reason. My new favourite place is the arms. Mind you the real estate on arms is pretty small in comparison to other major parts of the body so I can't use them exclusively. Also the tubing gets in the way a lot. Especially when you insert the set upside-down (like I did in the picture).
I asked a couple of my friends to put my sensor site in since there is no way I could manage that one handed. I walked them through it and they took it like superstars. It pays to have friends that aren't afraid of needles. Especially that Medtronic sensor needle. Wow, she's a doozy. Not to mention the jet propulsion inserter!
So I couldn't resist not taking a picture. Pump site and sensor site.
I am having great results with the sensor and I don't even notice its there except for the tegaderm itch from time to time. Replacing the plastic cover with one hand is a feat, I won't deny that. The risk of pulling the whole thing out while trying to rip off the plastic is high. The only other stupid thing about sensor on the BACK of the arm? Constant weak signals. Sigh. Especially when I'm sleeping. I have been waking up to that seriously annoying ambulance-like alarm countless times throughout the night. Wee-Ooo-Wee-Ooo-Wee-Ooo. Obnoxious.
I wish I had more arms. Can you put them on the front near the biceps? I guess that would probably hurt, not to mention my HUGE guns would probably kink up the cannula real good. Jokes.