I have been using the Medtronic pump for over a year and the CGMS for about 6 months. About 3 months ago, one of the insertion sites for my CGMS sensor became very infected, it was red, swollen and hard and was really sore until it burst (sorry about the grossness). I ended up getting some antibiotics to clear up the infection but I still have a purple scar and slight bump under the skin. I stopped using the sensor because I thought I was allergic to it.
Recently my infusion sites from my pump have been getting more and more itchy, red and sore, to the point where I need to change out daily or I can't stand it. There is almost always a red, super itchy, welt left behind and last week one of the sites became infected, like the one on my leg had. It burst again and I think I have cleared everything out with alcohol and put some neosporin on it and have an appointment to see my Dr. about it.
I wondered if anyone else had the same issues and what they thought it was. Could I be allergic to the adhesive? I tend to have sensitive skin to band aids etc and so have been unable to use any of the bonding products (eg Skin Tac to keep the cannula in place). Would this allergy make the sites infected.
On a side note, my BS readings have been consistently high for the past few months (as in 200 above). I have been really distracted as have a 9 month old baby but am now thinking that the high readings could be because of the infections and/or bad insertions. I need to get this sorted I know but I am feeling totally depressed about it and cannot motivate myself to deal with it. As well as being painful and itchy the sites are also very, very gross to look at, which is making me feel gross inside as well.
Besides, I feel like I know that my Dr will just advise me to stop using the pump and after all the stress/training/adjustment getting used to it, I don't know how I am going to start all over with the injections again. Any advice would be very gratefully received....