I have been using my insulin pump for about 3 and a half years now and have always had my injection site on my abdomen. I was told this is where the insulin should be delivered to have it take effect the quickest. Unfortunately during this time of the year, I have my shirt off at the beach or just swimming and it is exposed to people, sand, water, boogie boards, killer sharks and even jelly fish! Not to mention when I start getting some color whether its a tan or sunburn, every new injection site is being stuck to dead skin. I was losing my infusion set sometimes the same day I put a new one on. Mainly this was because when I would change the location on my abdomen I was now sticking it where I had gotten sunburn or even started tanning and that skin is now dead so the adhesive has nothing to stick to.
Recently I moved the site to my upper leg where there is little to no hair. Most guys are limited to spots where you can put it simply due to have body hair and that was one of the main reasons I always stuck to the side of my abdomen where there was little to no hair growing.
So far I don’t notice any slow down in how fast my body takes in the insulin and it doesn’t seem to be in the way of any daily activities or bother me when I sleep or sit. The one downfall to having it there is the fact that its harder to access for quick reconnects or disconnects. I have to pretty much reach down the side of my pants! Before I just lifted up my shirt and pulled it off.
The image above was found after researching spots where you can inject insulin and the different effects you might experience. When I was using regular syringes I was injecting in my arm and abdomen. When I switched to the pen I was injecting in my abdomen or thigh. While on the pump I have always injected in my abdomen until this most recent refill. In the past I have never noticed a difference in how fast the insulin hits me or had to re-adjust any of my habits.
I am curious to hear where others inject and why, especially pump owners. Also for those of you who change spots, do you notice a difference in how quickly the insulin hits you?