Hello tudees! I'm using an omnipod and having a rough week of what I THOUGHT was highs due to allergies but am realizing I've stopped absorbing in my thighs. That was always my go to area when my flank stopped working (right flank doesn't really work at all anymore). Has anyone experienced this happening and then gone back to the area to find that giving the area a break worked? I always alternate side to side but is 3 days not enough time for an area to recover?
I woke up with large ketones and BGs in the 300s for the second time this week and was really really discouraged last night. I'm reading through the archives to see what I can dig up on this topic but would appreciate any input. Thanks!
I fear I'm running out of available sites. my abdomen isn't really an option and I've never tried my arms
time to try your arms :)
I'm totally down to do that! I've read from a lot of people that it's a little hit or miss. WHat's your experience?
oh, I don't use my arms but it's because I use a pump with an infusion set and that line would be a hassle for me to deal with. I used my arms for many many years with injections though, and they worked okay. Nothing wrong with trying.
You're absolutely right, I just wanted to check in before I tried it because I've always had such an awful week of battling failing pods and needed a break
I use my abdomen most of the time and occasionally give it a break using behind my hips.
when you give your abdomen a break is it because you start having bad absorption in your abdomen?
I haven't seen it that much but when I do it, it's usually before a big race because I want to save my favorite abdomen spot for the race. I occasionally see some rises but like 150-60 but never know for sure if it's the spot or the bottom of the insulin bottle or stress or day 4 of the reservoir or one of of the other factors. I guess I do the moves to exclude the site as a suspect.
I use my arms and thighs. My tummy is toast (it's on an extended 8 year hiatus) and I get no absorption on my butt and little on my hips. I generally go arm-other arm-thigh-arm-other arm-other thigh-repeat. I try not to use my thighs as much because I used them exclusively for about 5 years, so they need a long rest after being used (so it's about 15 days between pulling a site off my leg and putting one back on). Giving the area a major rest really does seem to help with absorption. I'd give your arms a shot! (Pun intended)
I have the Animas Ping, so it's a bit of fun wrangling tubing, but the longer tubing works great for arm sites (not that you'll have to worry about it with the Omnipod).
thank you thank you! this is exactly what I'm looking for. Maybe I should have titled the thread "what's your site changing routine".
I found this picture on diabetesmine of sites where infusion sets can go. I hope it helps. http://www.diabetesmine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/insertion_si....
thanks! I've seen this, but now I'm gonna really scrutinize it