The Longest Time Ever
But desite all of that guidance on what I should do, I haven't... And you know what??? My infusion set in this longtime sight STILL WORKS!!!!
No redness. No itching or irritation. No goofy off-the-wall Highs that can only be explained by site outdateness or non-functionality. Nope, it's been all good.
Now, those smarter-than- I talk about infection possibilities. How my skin in that area might be damaged to not absorb adequately or scar tissue forming to the point where it'll transform into an Infusion Site Dead Zone. Believe me, I know the dangers of what could be. I am just lazy. That's the only excuse, and by no means is it a justification for not following the 2 or 3 day change schedule. Some have financial reasons for going longer than recommended, but I've got a stock of them in my room waiting to jump into action should their predecessor go bad. Nothing except pure set change apathy is keeping me from swapping sites.
It may be time to once again start using the fun and creative temporary tattoo system created by Roche Diagnostics (Accu-Check) last year, for what they dubbed National Infusion Site Awareness Week.
Here's what I wrote last year about this "fun little idea to help pumpers not use the same sites too often"...
The idea is to put them at the infusion site, in order to remind yourself to not insert the next set anywhere on the tattoo before it wears off in about 10 days (site healing time)."
With these multi-colored and styled temp tattoos, I found my site changes were more regular and it really worked helped keep me accountable on site changes. I've got more than enough of those tattoos left over, so I'm going to take advantage of those are start using them again to get back on the Site Change Bandwagon.
Still, I am a little concerned about the econs this set's been connected. I've kept sets in for much shorter times than this and had them fail miserably. The only one that has ever actually gotten infected came to be that way in like 2 days, and it was on the leg (hence, my reason for not liking leg sites all too much). But this one appears to be different. Part of me wants to see how long it really could last if I just let alone, but the rest of me (a majority, you ask??) doesn't want to tempt fate.
The fact that I'm blogging about this probably means a jinx is in the works, and it'll probably come lose or fail immediately as soon as I hit the "Publish" button. Or maybe Those That Can't Be Named will hunt me down, forcibly remove the long-attached set, then confiscate all of my extra sets in retaliation. We'll see. But no matter what happens, I swear they won't shut me down. These sites do live longer than the recommended timelines, and I wil continue telling people like it is, as long as it takes, no matter what they....