Decisions, decisions

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This process makes it easy, but I really wish I could find some more choices…

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Posted on January 2, 2014, in Diabetes, Humor, Insulin pump, Type 1. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I have used from my belly button right up under my breasts and all around my back. Basically anywhere on my torso that I can reach, gets a site at some point. I would definitely encourage you to keep trying the your thighs and hips. You can do it!!

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  2. Well, we are twinsies! My CGM and my set are in the same exact spots. I’ll call you in a few days to let you know where I’ll be putting them next.
    Seriously though, I have some of the same issues. I just don’t have enough usable real estate. My scar tissue is abdominal, a site on my leg that didn’t go well has me freaked about using leg sites, and I can’t reach my back. Sigh. I hear you. (And great visual!)

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  3. Site changes are probably the only times in my life that I have wished I wish bigger so I had more real estate available for them. Apparently I’m the triplet of the group because my CGM and set are also in the same spots right now :)

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  4. Nifty graphic. I very much prefer the leg sites, but I move mine around to almost all of the areas you noted here. My tubing isn’t uber long, so I have to insert it near the top of my thigh. This is a complete guess, but I try to avoid the absolute middle of the thigh, but still remain near the middle.

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  5. I’m too chicken to put my CGM on my arm – I’m totally an upper thigh girl for that one. I used only my stomach for infusion set sites for years and years, gave it up for 3 years since being pregnant, used upper butt and hip sites, and have now migrated back to stomach sites. Ah, but I feel another rotation coming on! Great graphic :)

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  6. I read on one of the popular ladies’ blogs about infusing into a breast. Also at D-camp one of the (male) D-celebrities who gave an inspirational chat said he infused into his pectoral region. Is this very rare? Like infusing into your face?

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    • It was this one, wasn’t it? (And since I remembered the post but had to turn to Google to find it, I’m afraid at the targeted ads I might get over the next few weeks).

      Yes, I would say men infusing into the pecs would be rare. For men who are more in shape, hitting a muscle would be painful. For me, I’d worry about striking a rib.

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  7. ^^ LOL.

    Anyway – my legs won’t infuse. I’m in the 400s within two hours. I started placing my CGM there, but I think it interferes with a muscle in my thigh and it’s really painful.

    My arms are too damn skinny to put anything there. So I have no idea what I’ll do when my abs and back no longer do the trick.

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    • At least you lasted a few hours. I ripped mine out after about 5 minutes! I’ve tried CGMs on the legs before (at a suggestion of a TuDiabetes member) — that one being the Medtronic SofHarpoon, and I could feel it with every step. It’s part of the reason I don’t go back.

      There was a blog post last November – I can’t find it – where someone had just tried an infusion site in her leg (it was a Silhouette/Comfort) which inspired me to try it. But for me, it didn’t work.

      If I come up with new ideas for sites, I’ll let you know.

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  8. I can totally empathize with the “Tried it once.” and massive amounts of blood sites! I tried to use more of my “belly” and placed a pod 2 inches higher on my stomach that usual and it was possibly one of the worse experiences of my life… there was so much blood! I have a grand total of two, 1-square-inch spots of on my stomach that I can use.

    I won’t use my butt (seems elementary to type “butt” on the internet…) for pods because i have a desk job, but it’s been the best place for my Dexcom sensors!

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