I am relatively new to the forum and have only been dealing with diabetes for 10 months. My 4 year-old son was diagnosed last February. We started off with MDI (lantus and novolog) and moved to the Omnipod in July. We have always had the pods on his tummy – his preference, but he really has no fat there, or anywhere else.
His insulin needs have continued to climb since July, but he also seems to be growing inches every month, so we have attributed the increase need to that. We have been working and working on getting him to try another place for the pod, but he was just too scared. After lots of begging and bribing, he finally agreed to the thigh. My endo is not a fan of this because of the chance to hit the muscle - which I understood to mean the insulin would be absorbed too quickly and we would see a big drop followed by a big rise. It looked like that’s what happened the first time we tried the thigh. His post breakfast BG was 84 – which is unheard of in our house. We had to feed the insulin and back off basals all day. We moved the pod back to his tummy that night. After reading a thread on this forum of others who have successful used the thigh, we decided to try again. Evin must have picked up on our worries after the first attempt, because it took lots of begging and bribing to get him to try again.
So to make a long story short, yesterday was the day. And again we are chasing lows all day and all last night. But, we have not seen any high numbers at all. I would have thought that if we hit muscle, sooner or later we would see the blood sugars climb. We have decreased his basal as much as 80% and boluses by 50% and we are sitting between 60 and 100 - not what I expected...and we are checking every hour.
So my questions are….is this what happens to insulin in muscle? Shouldn’t we be seeing some high numbers once that insulin is quickly absorbed by the muscle? Part of me wants to believe that the absorption in the tummy has been bad all along – we have never gone more than 3 days without changing a basal or bolus rate.
Thanks for your time,