From the moment I inserted the infusion set, it hurt. Not a constant throbbing pain, but a soreness that spiked up every time something brushed up against it.
“That site still hurts?” Pete asked. “Why don’t you change it out?”
I can tell you exactly why I didn’t. This sore site was working really well. You know what I mean, that blissfully flat graph on the CGM that can be so difficult to achieve. There was no way I was wasting a good site just because it hurt when something touched it.
Let’s read that last sentence again. There was no way I was wasting a good site just because it hurt when something touched it. The more I think about it, the more I realize how weird the way I think is. What rational person does not try to relieve something painful? Why is wasting a site given a higher priority than my own comfort? Good blood sugars are important, but isn’t being pain free just as important?
Honestly, the answer is no. I had planned to keep that painful site in until today, when it would be time to change it out. I did get a bit of a reprieve towards the end of the day yesterday when I started to struggle with unexplained highs that wouldn’t come down. I decided the painful site was starting to go bad, so I swapped it out 12 hours ahead of schedule.
It’s nice to be back to an infusion site that doesn’t shoot stabs of pain every time it’s touched. But I can’t help being annoyed with myself because I value a stupid infusion site more than I value my own comfort.