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When my Skin Stops Working

May 14, 2014

13848270005_2f28c2982f_o May is Mental Health Month so now seems like a great time to explore the emotional side of living with, or caring for someone with, diabetes. What things can make dealing with diabetes an emotional issue for you and / or your loved one, and how do you cope? Thanks go out to Scott of Strangely Diabetic for coordinating this topic. You can go here for more What Brings me Down. I don’t often find myself feeling down because of diabetes, and I thank God for that every day. Don’t get me wrong, I have certainly had my struggles. Most of them can be categorized into two categories: low blood sugar and being overwhelmed by it all.

Dexcom sits on scar tissue all the time.

Dexcom sits on scar tissue all the time.

Lately my biggest fear comes from scar tissue. Yes, I have it. I’ve had it in my arms for YEARS. My arms were always the easiest place to take a shot as a kid, so I did. When I got a pump in 2002, I became really good at rotating sites. It was easier for me with the pump than when I was on shots. I’ve also recently learned that I am developing scar tissue on parts of my legs as well. I’ve got a pump and a CGM to consider where to wear. As much as I love my CGM, I am more concerned about the pump sites (the CGM sites can be worn on/in scar tissue). What happens as the scar tissue develops further? How fast will it develop in the other areas of my body? Will there be a time when all I have is scar tissue? What then? I know there are always lots of technologies being developed. We all have one that sounds amazing. To me, it’s inhalable insulin. I have no idea if it could be as accurate as my pump. I do know that I want it if it’s my only choice though. I know that there are many of you out there who deal with diabetes & depression every day. I wish you the best in your fight and I know that my fear of someday having too much scar tissue is no where near an imminent as the fights you have on a daily basis. I am inspired by you thriving every day. 

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  1. May 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    Ahh, I have that same fear!! I’ve been using my tummy for 17 years and it looks like I’m getting scar tissue but I never know for sure…I dread the day that I can’t use my tummy anymore.

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