Sites could be put lower or higher, over to the hip, or down to the thigh. In the past this suggestion has been more theoretical. We weren't seeing blood sugar issues, or scar tissue, or infections. It's something we'd try once in a blue moon when she was feeling very brave and I was feeling very patient.
I'm thinking we're now going to have to get more brave and more patient. Failed sites used to be scarce around here. Yet recently, there have been a few stubborn highs which have quickly resolved themselves with a new site. Nobody here is going to be happy about the change. My daughter is familiar with how the sites feel going into her favorite spots, and how they feel under her clothes. I've become confident inserting the sites in these locations too. Those new angles and new topographies make me nervous.
So how do we move forward with this?
I started here, writing about it, to sell the idea to myself. I need to be positive and convinced it's what we have to do. Then I need to sell it to my daughter. What route to choose?
There's the laying out the facts route: You're having high blood sugars. They're not healthy. We need to try some new spots and see if that helps. You know - the ones the doctor always suggests as alternatives? When he talks about scar tissue? We need to start using them.
There's the buy-in route: We have to chose some new spots. I will allow you to choose what new spots. I will make sure we have plenty of time for each site change so that you can take your time choosing, and so that there is no hurry to insert it before you feel ready.
Lastly, there's the reward route: Currently, she gets a 'prize' for every 3 site changes without excessive drama. Perhaps now there's something in it for her every site successfully inserted in a new spot. Or maybe a bigger reward for a week or two of success. Or both.
It will need to be a combination of all three, I'm sure. She needs to know why: the facts part. She needs to have some control over the situation. Getting to choose which fresh spot gets the jab seems like the least I can offer. Upping the ante on the reward part will hopefully be the bit that closes the deal. I'll stock up on tic-tacs and hair accessories to be doled out for each success, and probably throw in a mother-daughter frozen yogurt outing if (when) we make it through 3 or 4 rounds of this. I'll deserve a reward too, after all.