It’s funny the things you notice about the way your body moves when you have a small tube attached to you twenty-four hours a day.
Being on an insulin pump makes me so much more aware of my body than I ever wanted to be. For example, I have discovered that certain areas of my belly tend to fold over when I sit and therefore are not a good place to stick a 9 mm cannula. But other parts of my belly are perfect except when I have to use the bathroom and discover the tubing is in the way of moving clothing or my ability to see to my personal hygiene.
I have also noticed that carrying around a few extra pounds tends to be more of a blessing with an insulin pump than a sin. They warn you that when an infusion set is placed in the thigh or certain parts of the upper arm the absorption rate might differ, especially when exercising. I have discovered this is not true for me. The absorption rate seems to be exactly the same in my arms and legs as my belly, even with exercise. I put this down to the extra padding of fat in those areas that other diabetics on a pump might not have.
So, for all those diabetics out there who have a little extra padding and are worried that an insulin pump will not work for them, as I once feared, don’t worry. Insulin is designed to be injected into fat, so this might be the one time being overweight is a good thing with diabetes!