In an effort to give my tummy a break and a little healing time, I tried a “flank” pump site Monday morning. Yep, my back. I know people wear insulin pump sites there. Its an approved spot on those pump site diagrams. I have attempted this before without success. Animas (Unimedical) blue 6mm cannula and I was ready to go. It’s a little strange to rotate around to do the insertion BUT it’s a spring loaded site inserter and I suspect that makes it a hell-of-a-mucho more manageable.
*BAM*. I was good to go and made sure to wear jeans yesterday that were far lower than the site spot. I was aware that the site hurt. It didn’t hurt like a tummy site that gets all crazy stabby immediately upon insertion and you just know you have to yank it out and then you’re either prepared for a geyser or your cursing at yourself because you have blood tie-dying your clothing AND you SHOULD have been prepared. Nope, the flank was not that kind of pain. Just irritating.
Mind over matter? I was busy all day but it hurt. A bit stingy. A bit itchy. The insulin absorption from the site seemed off, but eventually worked (although slower than usual). I went out to dinner and sat on a bench type seat (I happened to be on a boat which was lovely) so my back was never pressed against the back of a chair and I avoided that irritation completely. Getting ready for bed, I kept thinking it felt stingy-itchy, but I needed to stick (pun intended) it out.
I woke up in the wee morning hours when I felt the Dexcom site pull off my thigh. Seriously? I had IV3000’d the hell out of it right before my Gilligan’s Island dinner tour and the IV tape somehow dislodged from me in bed, got slightly stuck on the sheets and when I rolled to the side, I ripped that Dexcom site right out. BG was in the 120s, so back to sleep.
Early gym morning. Replaced Dexcom and slathered the new one with SkinTac. Good to go. Pulled on my gym pants and felt something move on my back. Well those gym pants are tough. So incredibly tough that they *flicked* the pump site right off me. Put a new site on my tummy and was off to the gym. My phantom back site still hurt. Ouch.
So what’s the deal? Am I really the only one who can’t get these flank sites to work? The pant flicking was unfortunate BUT that site was still hurting and I don’t think I would have made it the full day with that stabby site. Thank you gym pants. Well done. All sarcasm aside (there is no such thing, so some sarcasm aside), does anyone have a flank site recommendation? I had previously tried the 9mm and thought the 6mm would be the solution. Nope. Does this need to be a two man operation and I just need to get further back on my back? Should I be going to yoga to get better contortionist moves? Do I just have it in the wrong spot? Anyone?