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Pump sites!!

Discussion in 'Insulin Pump Forum' started by myarnton1, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. myarnton1

    myarnton1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So I’ve just put my set in my arm for the first time ever! I really want it to work out as my stomach is fed up of needles now. I’ve had lunch and bloused and now my BG is 19.8 :arghh: I’ve even taken the needle out and checked - insulin is definitely coming out. I don’t understand why it’s not working
     
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    myarnton1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Quick update - BG is now at 17.5 so is coming down. The insulin must be absorbing but possibly slower? I have no idea as I was told (when on MDI) that it is quicker absorption in the arm:confused: - I may be wrong.
     
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    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh @myarnton1 - sending hugs!

    My tummy doesn't like sets on the right side, thanks to decades of injecting there as my 'favourite place!'

    I've never tried my arm.

    If you're looking for somewhere else, I can recommend the sides and back, from a little below your tummy button to perhaps just below the waistband of your trousers (I wear my jeans on my hips, mind, not my waist, so we're talking lower than the true waist).

    I much prefer my sets there - basically on my spare tyre, although I'm slim so it's not even all that fleshy - than round the front.

    Haven't ever tried arms and legs, but I guess that's a couple of places for the future!

    :)
     
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    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't see any significant difference in absorption throughout all the sites I use, which are upper thighs, stomach, bum and only once or twice, my upper arm.......

    i would give your arm a chance....;)
     
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    myarnton1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you @Snapsy I needed that hug - haha. Yes stomach is my favourite place too so I’m trying to give it a rest for a little while.
    Oh, I’ve never tried it there either, I want to I’m just a bit nervous that I put it in the wrong place.
    Thanks for the advice x
     
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    myarnton1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @novorapidboi26 No, I haven’t seen a difference in different pump sites either. See - I try to be a good diabetic and look where it gets me:hilarious:. I’ve moved it to my thigh now, but I will try my arm again when I do a set change.
    Thank you!
     
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    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m similar to @Snapsy and use my ‘love handles’

    May be a daft question but did you fully prime the pump and do your extra unit? It may be something as simple as that instead of it being the site it’s self.
    I have tried my arms before and didn’t see a difference in blood levels. It was sore though in comparison to fatter areas!

    Hope you feel better soon x
     
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    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Much better choice of words than the ones I'd used - yes indeed love handles!
    :):):)
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    I’ve never used my arms so cannot comment - however I believe @himtoo has so tagging him for his input :)
     
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    tigger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never used arms either but do find that I have different basal rates for different sites. Maybe try experimenting with that. Either that or there may just be a smaller area there which does work. I have been using my bottom or lot but need to switch as it's starting to get less effective. I did half way up my back today on my side which was surprisingly comfortable and very effective.
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Moderator
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    hey there @myarnton1
    sorry you are having issues with stomach:(

    I really prefer my arms as having been diabetic 45 years my arms are the place I have done the least amount of injections over the years
    ( so with a pump I know they haven't been overused at all )

    ok -- they can be a bit more difficult to get a comfortable spot -- and yes -- they can be more prone to being bumped
    I would persevere if you can.

    BTW -- your baby is GORGEOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    xxxx
     
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    myarnton1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m so sorry I didn’t see these responses. Thank you all for your amazing advice as usual!
    I will persevere with my arms, I’ve noticed they are more difficult to find a comfortable spot.
    Thank you so much @himtoo! I will agree, she is beautiful:happy:
     
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    Heathero Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I found putting in line with underarm bit lower, better than outside as suggested. Have found that very little difference wherever I put eg high waist, and just below rib, of stomach ( If enough flesh of course)
     
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