Since getting his pump 3 years ago, Eric's sites have always been on his butt. It was the only spot where he had sufficient fatty tissue at the time, and really, ever since. He's a skinny little dude, a real string bean. But at our last visit, Dr. O recommended we start branching out. His bum is so full of scar tissue at this point, it makes sense. To me, anyway, if not to Eric. He has steadfastly refused to allow me to put his sites anywhere but the old gluteus maximus.
Until last night!
AFter his bath, I decided to replace his site & sensor because he'd had high BGs all day. REALLY high. Like, >300 for the past 6 hours no matter what I did, kind of high. No ketones, though. But, given the opportunity to switch out the site relatively painlessly, it made sense. And, as I often do, I asked Eric if it would be OK to put it on his tummy today. Usually he says no. Last night, being in a giggly mood (or, perhaps, an UNUSUALLY giggly mood, because he's always pretty sunny), he said "Yes! Put it RIGHT HERE!" pointing to his belly button. So I put the lidocaine cream next to his navel, after taking care to remind him that if I did, there would be no changing his mind an hour hence.
When the time came, he balked. Wanted me to put it in his bum as usual. I explained as patiently as possible that that wasn't do-able. When I tried to put the site in, he reflexively put his hands in the way. I tried various means of persuasion, but the only thing that worked was to call upon the magic of Big Brother: his older brother Nate came over and held his hands to reassure him (and keep 'em out of the way for me). He fussed, he whined, and then when he realized I'd already put the thing in and hooked it up, he said with this tone of amazement, "Hey, that didn't hurt!"
Getting Eric to try anything new at all is a major challenge, so I'm really looking at this as a milestone.