I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003 and have been taking pills and one shot at bedtime. Now I have been told that my body does not produce insulin and need to take at least four shots a day. I have…Continue
I learned that insulin is also absorbed in muscle, but that it's much faster. And what of getting an insulin drip in an IV line? So it's absorbed via blood too.
But yes, the most ideal and preferred site is in fat."
"Insulin is absorbed in the fat, not the muscle. So the site needs to be in a fatty area. It doesn't have to have a lot of fat, just enough for the cannula to reach. If he's too skinny, you can talk to the doctor about shorter cannulas or…"
"My son is super skinny. Any suggestions? He doesn't have an inch to pinch. Currently we are using his backside. Should an infusion site be where there is fat? Is there an affect if the site is in muscle?"
"I'm going to try this too... How are your levels from that site? I have noticed that love handles and backside tend to take longer for the insulin to circulate where as my stomach is fine. Have you noticed things like that too?"
"I hear ya on the sites question, Vince. I have tried love handles and top of buttocks and found it takes FOREVER for the insulin to do it's job from those locations... I'm wondering if I am doing something wrong or if that is normal..."
"If you can't disconnect one-handed, you might have a hard time with an arm site. However, I also use Insets and I disconnect by squeezing the sides with one hand and pulling. It works fine for me. You might also have another person help you…"
"How do arm sites work? I can't disconnect my site without using two hands (I use Inset IIs) I'd like to use my arms, but I don't know how to make it work. In what direction do you point the tubing, and how do you thread it through…"
"Hi Vince. Rotation of sites is the key. Thighs (back and sides), tummy (2 inches away from navel), upper abdomen (below breasts and in area of upper ribs), top back of uppers arm in fleshy areas, hip/buttocks where comfortable and within reach. This…"
"I use my upper arms and thighs a lot. These are my favorite sites, actually. I recommend, if you use the shorter tubing, buy a box of the infusion sets with the longer tubing for arm sites so after running the tube through your shirt and to your…"
"Besides my belly, I put them at the bottom of my sides or better known as love handle area and it works great. You can also try putting them at the top of your butt. Some people put them in their thighs but I've never done that."
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I wouldn't worry so much about just using one area for 5 weeks. I've been using my upper abdomen for 18 months with no problems at all. As long as you rotate the sites properly, you…"
Can anyone give me some infusion site ideas. I have been using my stomach since I got the pump about five weeks ago. It's getting tuff using the same area. I wear a uniform so I bought the waist pump holder and I put it under my zipper. Thanks for your help, Vince.
"I have been using my new pump for about a week. I did two cartridge changes. It's feels so good to be able to sleep through the night. I'm sure I will have a million questions. I'm glad everyone is here."
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