I’m really lucky – as an MDI (multi dosage injection) user for 40 years – prior to going onto the pump 4 years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long now) – I was very lucky that I never had any bad issues with scarring and absorption of insulin. I read often of pumpers (using one much longer then myself) – having issues with scarring and insulin absorption over time. On MDI, I “tried” to make sure I rotated, but often, in a hurry, I would just jab/inject and all would be well in my little world! I’m lucky that I’m not queasy like some of my diabetic friends I’ve met over the years – that don’t use all parts of their body to inject (I have one D-friend that refused to watch me change my infusion set last week). Maybe having it for the length of time I have had diabetes – it doesn’t bother me? Though, I still hate needles, long ones that look like they’ll go through one side of the body to the other – ugh!!! If I had to use those though, I would (I used a glass syringe / needle meant for experimentation in Dr. Frankenstein’s surgery when I lived in England for a short time in the ‘80s as I couldn’t afford disposable syringes).
Now with using the insulin pump, I’ve become abit more obsessive in a way of making sure I don’t place a new infusion set into an area that has been used in at least the last 4 months. I religiously go 1” over from the last infusion site … BUT … the only thing I’m noticing since going onto the Contact Detach over a year ago – when removing the older infusion set – you can’t tell where the previous infusion set was – except if abit of blood appears (very rare for me). The other day when inserting a new infusion set – I felt like I was going blind – trying to figure out where the heck the other one had been before. I semi-winged it – and did go into “virgin” territory (on my tummy – lots of real estate there ). I still had this feeling though’ that perhaps I had reinserted it into almost the same site. Later blood tests revealed that all was alright – but in future – I think my best bet is to leave the old infusion set in until after I’ve installed a new one in.
How do you judge where you are putting your new infusion set or even MDI? Do you use a chart (boring – I don’t even keep a written journal of my BG’s)? I know, I’m a bad diabetic – you think I would have learned after all these years!! Will I ever grow up?