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American Diabetes Month 2015 - Day 4: Questions

Day 4...chugging along.  I think there are a few things I'm going to do with today's post.  First off, It's the fourth day, but I'm writing this a bit in the past.  I'm trying to get my 30 posts for the month, and because of that I want to help myself prepare more content.  So, I'm wondering what kinds of questions I can answer.  I like to be completely transparent with things as there are always questions about what kinds of things that I have to do throughout the day to cope with the transitions.

One of the questions that I frequently get asked (mostly about my pump) is if it hurts.  And it's a complicated question for a few reasons, because in the end, pain is relative, right?

To answer the question, I will approach it two ways.  There are two factors that are things that are considered painful.  The first painful activity is testing my blood glucose.  While this activity is one that's very highly required, it CAN hurt, it CAN be painful.  The beauty of being a diabetic is seeing all of the cool tools that can be used.  When most people go to the doctor's office and get a finger prick, there's a single-depth puncture device.  For my glucose meter, I have a depth-adjustable lancing device which means I can start with a short depth and get deeper if necessary.  In the end, it only hurts as much as I allow it to hurt.  Luckily, there is also a really nice fact that when doing my blood sugar tests, I only need a super small sample of blood for it to work and give a reliable* result back.

The other item that is usually a cause for concern is the insulin pump itself.  On most days, I barely notice that it's there, the few rare door handle catches or trip ups from twisting can sometimes cause a problem.  The other times that it becomes painful is when it's been in for a while and the area around the insertion becomes tender.  This has been happening a little bit more frequently with my new pump as it is a smaller-gauge cannula, but pushes insulin through faster.  I am also changing out the reservoir on it more than once a day (on average) which can be cumbersome and causes times where there is no infusion going in, and thus no liquid lubricating the barrier between the plastic cannula and the skin around it.  It's painful, but it's painful for the right reasons (most of the time) and as soon as it becomes painful, it's time for a new infusion set to be inserted.  While it's not the absolute best way of determining that, it works for me at this point and it doesn't make me go all that crazy anymore.

Well, I was hoping to write 3 posts tonight, but I guess one will do, until tomorrow blog readers.

* Reliable is a very relative word as there is error in test strips and any small device, but it's good enough to keep me alive and out of trouble.


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