A few weeks ago we had a warm day and the kids and I went for ice cream in T-shirts. We got out of the car and they yelled, “What is that?!” “That” is my Dexcom site and it was in my arm. Since they already know what the Dex is, I was able to explain it to them and #boymagine asked why I wasn’t wearing it in my leg anymore. I told them it was working better in my arm and off we went for ice cream.
It got me thinking about the upcoming warm weather and wearing it in my arm. The last time I tried this it only lasted a few days before a grocery bag yanked it out. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought, and tried it in on my butt last week. It drove me nuts the whole time and was not nearly as accurate as it has been in my arm. I know I’m only supposed to wear it in my stomach, but my stomach is one of the places where I actually don’t have scar tissue, so my stomach is being saved for pump sites. Also, whoever is developing inhalable insulin: those of us with scar tissue are very interested!
For this sensor, I put it back in my arm knowing it was likely I’d be wearing a T shirt at some point. I went through the week without incident, but had a T shirt on for a Kentucky Derby fundraiser on Saturday. It’s at a bar/restaurant I’ve been going to since it opened when I was 6 years old (that’s what happens when your uncle owns it). I was with my dad & uncle and I saw a man about their age glancing at me. There are plenty of people in the area, especially there, who know who I am because I’m with my dad & uncle and I have no idea who they are. This is what I figured was happening. As my uncle stepped away and the Dexcom arm was closest to this other man, he stepped over and said, “There’s something on your arm. HAHAHAHA.” I wanted to explain, but he was walking away as he was laughing. I was stunned. I know it’s noticeable, but that doesn’t mean you need to be an asshole about it. It also effected the way I edited my instagram photo for the day.
Maybe it shouldn’t be a big deal and maybe I should get over it, but I was nervous the WHOLE day. Later when the race was about to start, a different guy (my age) leaned over and asked if it was for smoking. It was noticed and you asked a legitimate question?! Go you sir! Teach the rest of the world your ways! I replied that it was a glucose monitor that works 24/7 and he said “Wow, that must be new technology! Does it just make life with diabetes awesome?” If you’ll notice, I never mentioned that I have diabetes, but he knew. The race came on and we went our separate ways, but at least I left feeling a little bit better.
How do you guys do this?! I’ve worn T shirts 2 days this spring and been questioned on both about the Dexcom. I don’t know if I have the confidence to do this all spring and summer. But can my body work with Dex anywhere else? I just don’t know.