Well…many site changes later and very frequent testing have brought my blood sugars back on the graph. Amen.
Times of wacky, unexplained high blood sugars kinda freak me out. I worry that my 12 years of pump use have completely fried my tissue. Specifically, the tissues of my abdomen. I worry that if I’m having scar tissue problems now, what will things be like with the next 12 years of pumping.
Taking a “pump vacation” isn’t really an option for me. Long acting insulin always caused more allergy problems, and so I’d have to just take frequent shots of regular or lispro. That doesn’t really feel like a “vacation,” just like setting up a tent in the backyard.
So I stand in front of the mirror, looking at my belly and hoping to see a viable place to put the catheter into, but the choices are pretty limited. I know that other people use their legs, etc.. for sites, but I just can’t do it. Or, at least, not yet. But I said the same thing about using my stomach in the past. Before I started pumping, I had not once given an injection in my stomach. Hell, the only way I would agree to a pump was to get Emla cream from my endo and numb my skin before inserting the needle. (back when I got the pump, it was assumed it would only be put in the abdomen)
I feel like I’m at a crossroad. I need to figure out other options and give my stomach a break.
For now, I’m happy that I am back in a good range and able to coast a little.