The first day we brought Mattie home from the hospital she insisted on doing ALL of it by herself. I was proud and sad at the same time. We decided that it's her body and she can and we will just watch her and how she does it.
So, she has been doing her own injections, testing, ketones, everything. Every once in a while I will just do it for her, but for the most part she is very ACTIVE in her diabetes. We do have the occasional TEMPER TANTRUM... and the I just don't want to's....
I noticed on her belly that she has a weird little bulge... at first I thought oh PUBERTY... you pack on the pounds for the other fun stuff, but the closer I looked I realized it is scar tissue.
Mattie hasn't been rotating her injection shots. Yeah.. MOM and DAD good eye.. oh were nerds.
Instead of getting mad, I asked her " When your at school where do you do your shots?"
she said " In my belly, it's the easiest and then I don't have to leave class"
I explained to her how important it is to change the sites...
♦ When rotating sites you don't develop the scar tissue,
♦ less bruising,
♦ when you do it in a diff spot, the absorption is better.
♦ when you do it in your belly and the EXACT spot over and over... your injecting into the scar tissue and it is taking your body longer to react to the insulin.
This could explain some of the HIGHS we have been dealing with, but not ALL.
We decided on a pattern to use,
Breakfast: Belly... it has the fastest absorption and she prob won't spike.
Lunch: Arm, either one is fine. She can still give it in class.
Snacks.. the alternating leg and arm. Poor thing had forgotten all about changing her sites. It's always good to refresh our memories. We get into such routines or habits that we don't even notice.
Does any know if the scar tissue ever goes away?
I am hoping with time it will, but if not... that's just who she is and we still LOVE HER!
They save their lives.
2 days ago