Timing the Change.

This is shaping up to be a typical week for me. Only it isn’t. Sure, I have the typical work stuff, paying the bills, taking care of the dog and cat, etc., etc.

But there is one overriding thing invading my regular life this week. This weekend is the big ride that I’ve been training for most of this year. 150 miles over the weekend. 100 miles on Saturday, 50 miles on Sunday. It’s not a race, it’s just a ride. But let’s not kid ourselves. I’ll be trying to do as well as I can, at least for part of it.

Okay, let’s slow down. I have a lot to think about this week, and how fast I go is near the bottom of my list of priorities. One of the things I need to think about right now has to do with changing my infusion site. I’m nearing the end of the reservoir on my current set; I’ll need to change sometime in the next 12 hours or so.

At the same time, I know that I’ve been going about five days on each set. I know, that’s not within the FDA guidelines. I’ve talked about this before… I’m concerned about maintaining enough usable real estate on my body for as long as I can. One of the best ways I can think of to do that is to go longer on each infusion set & reservoir.

Anyway, here’s the rub: if I change tonight or tomorrow morning, and I go five days before changing, that puts me right in the middle of Saturday. And because my diabetes may vary, the middle of Saturday might be 10:00 p.m., or it might be 10:00 a.m. I do not want to have to change during my ride. So what do I do?

I think for tonight/tomorrow’s change I’ll have to fill the reservoir less so I’ll need to change on Thursday night or Friday morning. That way, I’ll be able to make my next change without the added pressure of the ride, and I should be able to keep that set in at least over the weekend. In addition, with the way I’m rotating my sites, I’ll be able to get that set in my leg, which has turned out to be a great place for when I’m on the bike. Way more comfortable than I had imagined it would be when I was strictly using my midsection.

How about you? Do you ever try to time out your changes so it will make things easier, or more comfortable, or for any other reason when you have something coming up? If so, let me know.

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