Tuesday, May 1, 2012
We have just started doing sites on Cara's legs (sorry no pictures, we have been rushing around here lately). Her legs have been off limits since she was diagnosed. In the beginning she would fight us tooth and nail when we tried to give her a shot of insulin on her thigh...we did do it but it was a fight.
Once we started pumping and she got older and stronger we stopped the fighting and stuck with the arms and bum however when we switched to the Mio sites over the Sure T's we could only get the short tubing in pink and the option for her arms were out.
Her tush was the only pin cushion we could use for a while and it was showing the wear. We did try her tummy and that was a big day but we had a kink from swinging on her belly, so we really have not gone back. A few days ago I talked Cara into doing a leg site in exchange for a dollar store visit and it went beautifully. I was so happy that I could give her bum a little rest and rotate the leg site. However today when I was inserting her 2nd leg site she started to cry, actually I inserted her site and then before I could pull the needle out she cried. She has not cried during a site change since we started using the Mio sets. That is one of the reasons that we are still using the Mio sets, they are way more expensive then the Sure T's that we used previously and we have had more problems with kinking cannulas with the Mio then the Sure T's (the Sure T's have a steal cannula so no kinking) but with the Mio sets there has been no fighting, no screaming, no crying until today.
So I'm trying to figure out was it just this one time, maybe I hit something weird? or maybe she flexed her leg at the wrong time? or does the leg site just hurt more? It always has been an area that Cara has hated.
With Cara sometime it is hard to know if she is hurt or if she is just really scared or nervous and kinda faking or over exaggerating to make a point. I think it did hurt at one point but maybe she took it a little far with the limping around the house this morning, not being able to bend down and whining that her leg hurt, but I don't know do I.
So the question is, leg sites do they hurt more then others?
Side Note: These kids are so amazing, I was rushing and getting Cara's site change done this morning because my husband and I were spent last night A.K.A lazy and did not do it then. As I was getting her new site ready I asked her to pull her old site off her leg. Cara hates to do this, I think it freaks her out to pull something out of her skin. At first she did not want to do it, then she started to pick at the sides to try and pull the sticky part up...she took 3 HUGE breaths, and under her breath she said "OK" she looked up at me with her hand ready to pull and said "will you be super proud of me mom?" "I sure will Cara" I said and with that she pulled that site off.
That girl will never really understand the extend that I look up to her, every day that she triumphs over this beast of a disease which is EVERY SINGLE DAY SHE WAKES UP AND DOES NOT LET DIABETES STOP HER she makes me SUPER proud.
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