The morning before the cookout, I was scheduled to change my pump and CGM site (yay! free shower!). So, I considered our upcoming activities and decided to try putting both sites on my arms. I didn't have great success with my last arm CGM site due to a gusher that led to the tape peeling long before it should, and I recently acquired some 4' long pump tubing for my Minimed from someone who switched to the Omnipod.
I had always wanted to try a pump site on my arm but the 2' tubing I am used to would have me clipping the pump to my bra on my back, and without a remote to my pump bolusing would have required some intense yoga and flexibility training. But with the 4' tubing, I am able to put the site on my arm and have the tube go down my back, through my bra which holds it in place on my back and shoulder, and still have my pump easily accessible in my pocket.
The only issue with choosing to put both sites on my arms is that everyone gets a free ticket to the diabetes gun show for the next 3 (pump) and 7 (CGM) days. I've already had several coworkers ask me if something was wrong with my arm, so it's led to explaining what each piece of technology is and what they're used for. But I'm happy to explain their uses, especially at my work place which is a place that thrives on new and exciting technology.
Gun Show Right Arm: CGM Sensor (This was really awkward to put on with my left hand when I'm 100% a rightie, but I did it.)
Gun Show Left Arm: Pump Site
As much I'm loving having the pump site on my arm, I think I will save all my 4' tubing for the upcoming (hopefully soon!) cooler months. This new site will be a great addition to the necessary rotation for pump site real estate. My poor stomach is also thankful for this break. For the first time in the almost 3 years I've been pumping, my midsection actually looks like a nice, normal view of curvyness and a belly button.