The thing about injections and infusion sets is there are so many options and such a vast selection of flesh to put them in it’s hard to know where to start.
I started young with the whole injection business and with that came a picture of a man/woman/android complete with grids on each injectable area. Each thigh and buttock was divided into 8 squares, the same for the stomach and a grid of 6 on each arm. Then as you injected in each place you coloured in the corresponding square on your man/woman/android. When the picture was complete, thrillingly you got…another picture to start again on. That was my first lesson in quite how monotonous this diabetes thing can be.
But, aside from the repeated disappointment it did set me off on a lifetime of site rotation which is no bad thing. When I stopped using the pictures I did rebel and have been doing so ever since…without the motivation of having some squares to colour in I stopped injecting in my arms. I’ve never liked it; I only did it so I could complete the picture and move on to the next man.
Infusion sets are a bit harder than injections because wherever you choose to stick it, you need to be happy you can live with it there for 3 days. My favourite spot is my lower back. It’s the quiet little cul-de-sac of the body. It’s out the way so I don’t see it if I look in the mirror and there really isn’t much activity or passing traffic to tangle with the set and tubing. It’s perfect. It’s also my favourite spot for CGM sensors so they usually get priority there and infusion sets are relegated to the thigh or buttock. Either is fine but it did take a while to stop me pulling the thing out every time I pulled my pants down. In the early days of thigh/buttock exploration so many toilet trips ended in much cursing and irritation.
The stomach seems to be the spot where most people start with infusion sets. I venture there every now and again for a bit of variety but it’s my second favourite sensor spot so I do like to save it for them.
I use Quicksets on my back, thighs and buttocks and they work really well for me. For my stomach I prefer Silhouettes. While I may be an insulin tart, when it comes to infusion sets I’m quite the young innocent. I found two that work really well for me and I’ve stuck with them.
The final piece of the butchered human injection/infusion set site puzzle is arms. I don’t do arms. At all. Ever. I’ve reached a level of maturity where not even the satisfaction of being able to move on to another picture would make me do arms. Maybe if I was offered diamonds or holidays, or a significant amount of cold hard cash for a fully coloured in virtual person I would consider it, but for now, arms are safe.
What about you? Where do you put yours?