Friday, March 7, 2014

Teaching an Old Dork New Tricks

My tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth again. It wasn't the same kind of stuck you get when you eat a peanut butter sandwich with no drink.  It was that dry-yet-syrupy cling that comes along with a high blood sugar.  My Dexcom sensor had failed in the morning (more on that later), so I pulled out my kit, tested, and clocked in at about 350 mg/dl.

I'd been crusing between 117 mg/dl and 160 mg/dl all morning, which were good-looking numbers for me compared to some I'd seen lately.  The culprit for the high, I believe, was putting sugar in my coffee and forgetting that fact.  (Cringe all you want, I freely admit I choose my vices and consume artificial sweeteners.)

I knew I needed to correct this bad boy before I felt any more gross, so I pulled out a syringe and drew up my correction by hand.  I was wearing a thick sweater and couldn't inject through my clothes.  I know my boss likes to watch the security camera from time to time, and I was not in the mood for her to be asking what I was doing with my shirt, and if I was feeling okay.  I was, however, wearing a thin skirt.

I looked down at my thigh.  Hmm.  How bad could it be?  My abdomen has always been, and genetically will forever be, plump and squishy to some degree.  It just makes me more fun to cuddle.  My thighs are mostly muscle.  Aren't you supposed to be able to pinch up an inch of fat where you inject?  Do I even have that much on my legs?  Maybe I'll just do this.  I mean, I've had diabetes for how long now? HALP OH GAWD I THINK I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO TRY THIS.

So that's when I did my first-ever thigh injection.

Note--I am not complaining about my body or trying to body-shame anybody else here.  It's merely fact: I come from a line of women with fat stored around the midsection.  I have slender arms, and legs, and I'm busty, which gives me more opportunities to hide my insulin pump.  I see this as a win.  I've never used my arms either, and for the record, my mom is too weirded out to do insulin shots on arms or legs too, so I know for a fact I'm not alone.  What a digression....).

It stung like hell for a few seconds, and then it was over.  I don't think it worked any better or faster than my usual injection/infusion sites, but it did work.  I'm not sure it's something I'd want to repeat terribly often, but after 23 and a half years with Type 1, I guess it shows you can learn and try new things all the time.  People talk about using their thighs, their arms, their bellies, their "side-butt" for sites.  It's purely a personal choice thing, with the exception of problems with absorption or other issues.

Where do you like to inject?  Where do you put your infusion sets and glucose sensors?  Do you think I should keep trying new things, or just stick with what's working?


  1. I love this post, but the title made me laugh out loud. Best post title of the day!!!!

  2. I laughed out loud about the "side-butt", but that's where I always choose for my infusion site. I've just never heard it called that. Side-Butt! Ha! When I took injections, my thighs were my favorite site. If you poke around lightly a few times, you'll find a spot that doesn't even hurt. I'm built a lot like you are, you should try it!

  3. I have done injections with needles everywhere- breasts, arms, forearms, stomach, sides, lower back, upper back (although it's hard to reach), butt, hips, thighs, and calves. Tried my chin once, before I grew a beard, but I wouldn't have done it again anyways, because it made my chin turn paper white (for about a half hour).

    I have tried sensors on my arms, stomach, butt, and thighs. They did not work on my thighs.
    I have tried pump sites on my arms, stomach, butt and thighs. They didn't work very well on my thighs or on my arms either.

    Right now I'm putting sites on my stomach and butt and the sensors on my arms and I think it's not a long term workable solution.

    I think injecting in as many places as possible is a good thing, for avoiding any further scar tissue and especially for avoid buildup of scar tissue.


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