Not with your hands.
I have plenty of real estate on the lower half of my “trunk/core” area, so that is where I typically wear my diabetes devices. When I noticed some irritation as I pulled off the tape from my last sensor, I decided to take advantage of some alternate real estate.
I partially blame it on the fact that I was wearing a t-shirt when I put the sensor in Sunday night and misjudged the length of my more dressy tops. For most of the week the only difference was the second look people would take at my arm, or the occasional question.
Friday was a different story. A man from the mailroom stopped by with the morning delivery. He looked at my arm and grabbed for it with one hand while poking the transmitted with the other.
I pulled my arm away and took a step back. “Would you like to know what it is?”
He said yes and took a step back towards me.
“Can I explain it to you before you touch it again?”
My explanation was something like “Well, I have diabetes…”
“It is called a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. There is a little wire attached to it underneath my skin that sends results to a receiver.”
“Yes, wirelessly. The receiver is in my purse under my desk.”
“So what’s you level?”
“How much do you weigh?”
And with that he left the office.
Look, just because you can see it doesn’t mean I want you to touch it.
And just a warning to the next person who grabs my arm – I have some friends who would love to offer some back-up assistance.