Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Why Don't You Change it Out?


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.


  1. Oh no I take than dude out immediately when they hurt. You have way more stick-to-itiveness than I.

  2. I am 100% with you!! I do the same thing. I definitely think we T1D's are tougher with higher pain tolerance because of what we endure. :) I love your blog. Marsha

  3. I have learnt a lot myself through your diabetes experiences. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Oh thankgosh its not just me. Im normal! Maybe? I agree, if a site is working I stick with it even if its on a nerve and canes like all hell when I give a bolus (I just eat less over those 3 days).

    Its probably an issue to do with all those times we've had the importance of good numbers drilled into our heads.

  5. I have a question for anyone please~~!! Ok....I have had diabetes for 48 years but only about 4 years ago started wearing an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor. I am experiencing trouble finding a site to put the sensor (the CGM system) I have recently been put on a blood thinner (had a stent put in), and I have so much scar tissue in my abdomen(the recommended place for the sensor) that I just cannot use it any longer. Any suggestions?


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