Thursday, February 17, 2011

There's A First Time For Everything

This post is about trying something new.

As I mentioned before, I've been pumping since I was 14, which will soon be 14 years ago (sidenote: I'm starting to feel old).  When I first starting pumping, I would only put a set in my stomach.  I had a mental block, and would not even consider putting in someplace else.

Eventually, someone (probably my mother) convinced me to try my back fat.  I finally did, and discovered that it was a great spot!

So that's what I've been doing.  Rotating between stomach and back.  For years.

Since becoming a part of the DOC, I've learned all kinds of things.  Like using a hair dryer on CGM sensor tape after showering.  How to SWAG bolus for a ginormous cupcake.  That I'm never alone.

Something else I've learned?  People actually put sets in--GASP--their arms and legs!  Shocking!  

Super Jess! Look closely and
 you can see the arm set.
At first, I shuddered at the thought.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how beneficial it would be to give my stomach a break.  So before I talked myself out of it, I decided to try it.  Thanks to Holly, Virtue, and Jennifer for some encouragement and advice.

So guess what?  I LOVE IT!  Currently, I'm on my third arm set.  At first, it was really strange to have the tubing hanging from my arm, but I'm getting used to it now.

So thanks, my DOC friends, for inspiring me to try something new.  But don't ask me to try my leg.  No way that's happening--for now, at least...


  1. It seems like it would feel strange having the tubing hanging there. Where do you stick your pump? In your pant pocket?

    Joe's only real-estate is his bum...he has a six-pack for ABS...NO FAT. I have thought of his arms, however, we use them for "Dexter".

    Nice pic!!!

  2. I LOVE arm spots! They have the best absorption, and I don't feel like I am always getting strange bumps I have after taking the infusion set out of my tummy.

    Glad you tried it out! :)

  3. Yeah, arm sites :) I'm glad it worked out for you and that I was able to help out a bit.

    <3 V.

  4. Wow Darling - and your're known for your flexibility. Seriously - glad you're willing to try new things - and so very glad for all the support you get from your DOC(?) friends. It's Father's answer to you - someone to help you feel connected and not so alone w/your D. You're the best kiddo!

  5. thanks girls! and reyna, yes, i keep it in my pocket. i have the 42" tubing, so it works. you definitely need long tubing.

  6. Thanks Jess...I was totally wondering on that. I don't think Joe will try it anytime soon, but you never know.