Or at least that’s my feeling– I’m self-conscious enough about my abdominal physique without having to add concerns about scars to the standard concerns about shape. But alas, my hi-tech diabetes tools– the insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor– wonderful as they are, are making mince-meat of my stomach. It was bad enough with just the pump, rotated every three days; now I have two insertion points, rotated every three days. And on top of the pain of the needs and inconvenience of the blood, I’m beginning to look quite polka-dotted.
Will these tiny little holes leave scars? I’m not sure yet. In the past, the pump insertion sites seemed mostly to fade with time, but the CGM is a smaller gauge needle (that is, has a larger diameter). And, it increases the number of insertions required two-fold, which probably has a greater than two-fold effect on the chance of scarring, as I imagine I am more likely to re-injure and thereby cause scarring in a spot that might otherwise heal.
So what’s a girl to do? No, really; that’s a question. What do you do to reduce the likelihood and appearance of scar tissue? A friend of mine recommended Mederma; she had used it in the past and found it effective. It is relatively well-reviewed on Amazon, too, so I bought some (using the free shipping option, so I am still waiting to receive it).
Any other recommendations out there? Does the pump or CGM actually cause scarring over time in your experience? When diabetes is cured (yes, when), will I be able to rid myself of the evidence of all these fabulous medical devices? Or should I just go ahead and buy a polka-dotted bikini and pretend it’s a one-piece?