How un-modern of me.
For background: I’m not as hairy as my caveman (and cavewomen) ancestors; but I do have a fair amount of body hair. I’m probably biased, but I think “real men” should have chest hair, arm hair, and leg hair. Hairless male bodies look like Greek statues to me: pretty, but not the real thing. Of course, I’m a hypocrite, as I prefer women’s skin to be like Greek statues…
But I digress.
Chip-n-Dale dancers, weight lifters, and assorted other on-display manly-men were either universally cheated by nature, or shave their bodies. I think shaving is a hassle and would never consider any more than is strictly necessary, except for one little problem: having diabetes makes having body hair highly inconvenient in the extreme.
For years I’ve been using an electric razor to keep a nice swath of skin on either side of my belly button hair-free so the insulin pump infusion sets stick to my hide well. For the last few years I’ve worn my DexCom CGM sensors on my upper arm, so I use the same electric razor to keep my upper arms free of hair, too.
Luckily for my ego, the natural patterns of my chest hair are heavier over my sternum and thinner on my stomach anyway, and my arm hair is thin and light-colored. God forbid I ended up naked in public somehow, I don’t think my hairless patches would attract much undue attention.
But Med-T Sof-Sensors have a quite a bit larger bore guide needle than the Dex. They’re also longer. Oh, and the sensor inserter made by Med-T is a piece of crap. All of that adds up to one thing for me: no wearing of sensors on the arm. My arms are too skinny and I only have two hands (it would take three to manually insert a sensor in your own arm).
I don’t like wearing sensors on my stomach for several reasons. First, the landscape is limited. I wear my infusion sets on my stomach. Second, CGM guide needles are pretty big. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tear up the skin and tissue below quite a bit more than modern infusion sets do. I don’t want to develop any more scar tissue than necessary in the prime zone for delivering insulin into my carcass because I don’t foresee a cure anytime soon, and scar tissue is erratic in how it absorbs insulin. And third, I’ve found over the years that stomach-planted sensors are less accurate than ones planted elsewhere on the bod. I have no idea why this is, but my theory is that they get jostled around more than sensors on the limbs.
When I wore the Med-T sensors before (Nov 2005-Dec 2009) I found that my thigh was the best place for me: about four inches above the knee, on the lateral side of the body. So back then, I routinely ran a razor over my legs. But since ’09 the trees have grown back. Today it was time to cut them down. Thought I should do it early to give the skin a few days to un-freak out.
Besides, it’ll give me a head-start. If this whole writer/diabetes educator thing doesn’t work out; I can always become a Chip-n-Dale dancer.