Samson is a champ when it comes to sensor and site changes. He doesn’t flinch and is totally fine with them. He sometimes even asks for them because he knows he can watch a video through them.
BUT we’re realizing that his totally nonchalant response has some very definite limits. The doctors, Dexcom, and everyone else have recommended we change his sensor location from his arm to his upper butt or his tummy since we’re having such terrible problems on the arm.
HE HATES THIS IDEA. He’s absolutely thinking and fretting about it, is super nervous, and really, really really doesn’t want to change where his sensor goes. He says it will hurt and the needle will “go into the wrong part.” I don’t know what to say to alleviate his fear.
Same with needles. His site came out recently at a birthday party and he went without ice cream and cake rather than get an injection. And we don’t rotate his infusion sites beyond his upper back because whenever we try he flips out.
Anyways, I am realizing that clinging to the known is one of his coping mechanisms for what is likely a pretty stressful process. It’s made me remember that even though he’s so tough and wise for his age, he’s also just a little boy, and he has a little boy’s response to these stressful things.
But we still have a problem – we really need to be trying a new sensor position as the current one simply doesn’t work well for us. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for how to alleviate Samson’s nervousness?
I told him we could do a “practice” sensor on his belly where we don’t insert anything…but obviously we can’t afford to burn through a perfectly good sensor, so it may not be that convincing or prepare him for the feeling.
Any other tips? We can offer incentives but he’s not motivated much by candy or treats or video games. He’s very self-motivated by his own things, and they’re not really things we want to tweak (getting to wear his bear shirt, drawing in his sketch pad, etc…)