Our D-history:

My daughter, *Rosie, was five years old when she was diagnosed on September 19, 2008, with Type I Diabetes. We started out on MDI, but in October 2010 we switched to a pump. We also added a Dexcom CGM in May of 2011. In February 2014 we changed to the Medtronic Enlite system- a pump and CGM all in one.

*Rosie is not her real name... I let her pick her own pseudonym for the blog!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

When the Sticky Stuff Won't Stick

Something else to add to the list of things nobody tells you about diabetes: heat and humidity are a  major problem when you're trying to keep medical gear attached to your child. Rosie accidentally ripped out both her pump site and her CGM site yesterday because the sticky patches simply aren't sticking.

This is the first summer she's had both (started pump in October '10, CGM in May '11), so we were a little surprised when things started sliding around and not sticking.  This wasn't a problem in cooler weather. We use clear IV patches over her actual pump site, and those hold up pretty well, but her pump connector site (on Sure T sets) and her CGM are just about falling off after a day or two.

We currently use IV Prep, but that isn't working.  We had a sample of Skin Tac that we tried when we first got her CGM, and that seemed to help, but that was only a sample.  (Maybe the CGM people can supply more of that? Note to self: call CGM people when you get off the computer.)  Various medical tapes and bandages haven't worked, either. 

I'd love to hear how you get things to stick in this hot weather!

Do I seem familiar? :) This blog is new, but I've been around the DOC for a while, and I've been blogging about other topics for years. I'm AmyMCGS pretty much everywhere online- CWD, Twitter, etc.

1 comment:

  1. We use skin tac in the summer because of the pool and such. Its not 100% "rip off proof", but its better than I.V. Prep. I order it from Animas when I get my supplies :)


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