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October 1, 2016
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Back to the Belly

This morning as I changed my infusion set I decided to revisit abdomen sites. It has been a few months since I have had my site anywhere but my thigh. It is not like me to change things just for the heck of it but I decided to switch it up. It reminded me of a time long ago,
Way back when I was first diagnosed, I only gave myself shots of insulin into my thighs. That was how I was taught and so that was the only way I did it. I remember several times I would hit a tender spot and be in a lot of pain. Or the worst was when I swear it felt like a knife stabbing an apple. I don't know if that was just scar tissue or my imagination but it was enough to really scare me on several occasions.
My dad had signed me up as a member of the ADA. He received a packet of information and samples of stuff for me to check out. The weekend we stayed with him finally came up and we were going through all of the stuff. There was information on shoes for diabetics, insurance, medical ID bracelets, and lots of ads with old people on it. I thought they sent me the wrong packet or something but then I pulled out a video tape with a short movie to watch.
We popped it into the old VCR (remember those?) and sat down to watch. The guy who was hosting the show looked familiar to me. I remembered him as a cast member of an HBO show called "Not Necessarily the News" that I used to watch with my dad. I had no clue this guy had diabetes! Crazy!
At one point he was talking about his diabetes care and how he checks his blood sugar often and eats right. While he was talking he takes out a bottle of insulin from the refrigerator, rolls it in his hands, and draws up a syringe. The entire time he is just talking about other stuff while he is getting his shot ready. Then without warning he unbuttoned two buttons on his shirt, moved his hand to the side and pinched some fat on his stomach. And in an instant, the syringe was plunged in, insulin pushed in, and the needle pulled out. All the while chatting away into the camera about exercise. It was amazing!
My dad stopped the video and said, "Did you see that son? Have you ever tried taking your shot in your stomach?" Of course I said "NO WAY!" He rewound the tape a few times and watched how easy it looked. He didn't even flinch! The shot I had to take that night I tried the tummy. I was so scared. My dad was encouraging me. Saying, "It's okay son, you can do it."
And I did. I couldn't even feel it! It was awesome! Then it took me years to ever go back to my thighs. Now I try to be really conscious of moving around giving my body time to heal. Since I only have to insert a needle every three days, I do not feel like the big pincushion I used to. Don't get me wrong, it still sucks.
Oh and get this, the guy in the video is dLife's own Jim Turner.
He will always be one of my diabetes heroes!

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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
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