Last night I had the joy of taking what is often referred to as a “free shower.” As you might assume, this involves the act of bathing. But it’s not because I paint my face blue and shout about freedom. No, it’s special because it’s the opportunity to bathe without any diabetes device ports, infusion sets, or devices plugged in somewhere on your body. Every now and then, my CGM and my infusion site need to be changed at the same time – and when that happens, I shower without having to avoid getting adhesive too wet or snagging my shower poof on the plastic that is stuck to my body. But when I’m finished, I have to face all of this:
For those of you who may not recognize these things, I’ve got my new CGM sensor on the left. It doesn’t stick to my body terribly well, so I also use medical adhesive when I put a new sensor in. On the right, there is a new cartridge for my pump, a syringe and needle to use to get the insulin from the vial into the cartridge, then the infusion set, including needle, cannula, and tubing.
So, no problem. I got this. I find new real estate on my body for these things (setting each device at least three inches from each other). First up is the CGM: alcohol swab, push one needle in to insert the sensor (then take out the needle), snap in the transmitter, all good to go. Then on the other side, I need to draw insulin from the vial to inject into the cannula, fill the tubing, use another alcohol swab, put in another needle to insert a cannula (then take out the needle), plug in the tubing, fill the cannula, then viola! All set to go!
And here is what I’m left with:
A whole lotta diabetes trash. Just like there is no “free lunch” there is, apparently, also no “free shower.”