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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Location, Location, Location

Scott Benner


There are a few suggested locations to wear the OmniPod; back of the arm, abdomen, thigh, bottom of the back and buttock.  So far we’ve only been able to use Arden’s abdomen and thighs.  Her arm isn’t wide enough to support the pod and well she doesn’t have a butt yet.  


We haven’t had any real issues with placement and I’ve begun a rotation schedule that should allow the sites to rejuvenate in between uses; left abdomen, left thigh, right thigh, right abdomen, repeat.  This schedule will allow each site a nine day break before it gets used again.  Additionally, I’m doing a smaller circular rotation at each site to avoid the cannula entering at the same place over and over.  I think this will work out well until Arden gets bigger and other “real estate” becomes available.


We’ve had two delivery failures so far, one was a bent cannula (because the pod wasn’t on a fatty enough site) and the other is a bit of a mystery to me.  I’m not sure if the second issue was because the cannula was to close to the muscle or if the pump just failed.  Every day is a learning experience and we are definitely making great progress.


Next thing we need to do is some fasting based testing of Arden’s BG... These test are tough because they include Arden not eating for hours and hours at a stretch but the results are very helpful in adjusting the pump.  More on that soon...



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A Arden's Day Reader

I would just like to say that people do read your blog entries and I am always checking back for new blog entries. Thank you for this website, it is a great tool for learning about diabetes and how it effects daily life. So once again Thank You.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 08:37 PM
Thank you for posting and of course for reading!  Getting feedback like yours makes this all worthwhile!