Man, two weeks in to pumping and CGM-ing and I already feel like I’m running out of real-estate. I’ve been sticking to my belly for both, with the exception of using my upper right side of my tooshie for one pump cycle. Since my
boobs get in the way during insertion arms aren’t long enough to reach around to my left side, the upper bum area is limited to the right side. Until I either become ambidextrous (“I’m not an ambi-inserter!” Name the movie), get really good at yoga, or lose some pounds, it seems the pump will have to be inserted on my belly, right butt cheek, or legs, which I’ve never tried. I’ve never worn it on my arm either and for me it just doesn’t seem particularly comfortable with the tubing.
However, I decided to be a big girl and try wearing my CGM sensor on my leg. Even though Dexcom says it should be in the belly only (because this is where they did their testing when getting FDA approval), I’ve read on the interwebs that you can really put it anywhere you feel comfortable. I’ve heard from a lot of people who wear it on their thighs and love it. So I’m giving it a whirl!
Insertion was a little weird as I’ve never done it before (that sounds like something a high schooler would say after prom night if you know what I’m sayin’), but other than feeling the needle a little more than I do in my tummy, it was fine. I have it on my upper right thigh, towards the outside but not so far on the side that I will feel it when I sleep (I’m a side sleeper). I haven’t noticed it much and it’s nice to not be rubbing against my desk at work. I’m conscious of it when I use the bathroom as I don’t want to rip it out and be annoyed that I just wasted a sensor. I used tons of Opsite FlexiFix per my usual and I can see that I will probably need to reinforce my tape in the next few days, simply due to pulling my pants up and down every time I use the ladies’. There is a little bump under my pants but I think it’s one of those things that unless you know it’s there and know to look for it, you wouldn’t notice. I’ll be attending my boxing class tonight, but I don’t anticipate it being annoying.