So I have a hard time sleeping. For those of you who have followed my blog before, or even read a few, you’ll know that I have had a continuous glucose monitoring sensor (CGMS) for a few months now. It looks like a little shell and is taped to my side, usually away from my insulin pump site. This causes me to have two things I have to make sure I don’t rip off on a daily basis.
Can you say cyborg?
When I first got the pump and the CGMS, they told me to start in the mid-section of the body, where you have the most fat and flabbiness to inject, poke and prod. But over time, as I have frequented fundraisers and other diabetes related events, I’ve noticed that people put their pump sites on their biceps, others put the CGMS on their butts and I am still putting both on opposite sides of my torso and I’m starting to wonder where else I can stick them.
Once, I stuck the CGMS in my thigh and I had a bruise for a week. No go. It was definitely too painful, not to mention that the needle for the CGMS sensor is much thicker than others I’ve used. I still can’t even look down as I inject the sensor to my side. I don’t get squeamish, I just, don’t like seeing it pierce the skin.
I did, however, try to also put the CGMS on my back side. This caused me to be a contortionist, especially when placing the clear tape over the sensor. My aim was so bad!
I ended up ripping that bad boy out (by accident) when in the restroom. Damn thing doesn’t hurt getting pulled out as much as it does when being put in.
The pump, on the other hand, I am hesitant to place anywhere else besides my stomach. Funny story: One morning I was in the shower and noticed that one of my long strands of hair got stuck on the pump site sticker and as I pulled it out, I realized that it was making the sticker, well, un-stick itself. But with hair (ladies I’m sure you know this, especially while wearing sunglasses) you never know what side it was stuck in, so pulling it out is a broad guesstimate. I was going to change the site and the tubing anyway that day so I wasn’t too worried about it. Later that morning I went to UPS to pick up a package and as they called me into the back room to explain where my package was and when I could pick it up, the site, cannula and all, dropped from under my dress. Ha! It might as well have been a tampon string. I grabbed it and stuck it in the strap I use around my leg to hold my pump. That was embarrassing.
Anyway, back to the original thought. I don’t know where else to put the pump. Again, I have trouble sleeping, right? So imagine rolling over on to this little device in the middle of the night just to wake up beeping because you’ve been pushing a button way too long. Or wake up in pain because it’s been jabbing you in the side. I’ve also woken up to it beeping because it thinks my blood sugar is dropping, when really, it isn’t.
I’ve learned to strategically place my pump on my hip, and sometimes that doesn’t even work. Most of the times, I want to rip it out, especially while I’m in a good sleep and nothing has bothered me and it starts BEEPING LIKE A MAD MACHINE. It may be when I’m high or low, but sometimes it’s due to a weak signal because the pump can’t make clear communication with the sensor while I’m sleeping.
Can you say, #FirstWorldProblems? There are people in third world countries who only check their blood sugar once a week and here I am complaining out something that I have consistently monitoring me. Hell, there are people in this country who don’t have the insurance for it.
But as I see it, I have to take advantage and care for myself and my health. Like I’ve said before, no one else will do it besides me. And let it be known, I’m very, very thankful for my life and all of my opportunities.