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Rotating your injection/infusion sites

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Sep 27, 2011 13:38
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  • Rotating your injection/infusion sites

    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?

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  • By: AmariT: Oct, 03, 2011 20:50 PM
    I don't even keep a record of my money transactions. I'm like, "Eh, everything will work out."

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