I had several highs in the 140-200 range before I started pumping. I did not know the reason for that. My pumping started in June, 2007, and I still had highs while placing my sites on my upper abdomen. I thought my pump was defective and called the Minimed hotline. They asked if I rotated my sites. I did not what they were talking about. At no time during my first 62 years of injections did I hear about site rotation. I then realized I had scar tissue and it was a very young lady from Minimed who told me about it. I began using other body parts and the highs stopped. That was wonderful! I rotated between my lower ab and upper legs and had very good control. Every few months I tried my upper ab again, but the absorption was still poor, and the highs would return. I stopped experimenting with my upper ab in late 2008, and assumed the scar tissue was permanent.
Nine days ago I placed an infusion set about 1.5 inches above the level of my navel. I had good absorption. I thought it might be a coincidence? I have now placed four infusion sets on my upper ab and all of them have worked perfectly. It seems that the 4 year wait has caused my scar tissue to heal itself. I will admit that I have not yet tried to use levels more than 1.5 inches above my navel, but I think higher levels will also be good. The area I am using now had a lot of scar tissue as recently as late 2008. I was beginning to have slower absorption on my lower ab and upper legs. Perhaps there was some scar tissue slowly developing there. If my upper ab has healed I will have a lot of new territory to use, and that will help my lower ab and upper legs get more time to heal.
I thought other people here who have scar tissue might like to hear this. Both MDI and pump users may experience scar tissue and poor absorption unless site rotation is used consistently.
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