Friday, January 9, 2009

To Numb or Not To Numb?

That is the question.
I've been reading a ton about pumping, sites, pain and Emla cream. I thought I'd ask how many of you actually use a cream to numb the place you put your pump site? I was wondering how beneficial it would be to use or if it was more trouble than it was worth because you have to do it 2 hours before a site, wait for it to be numb and then it stays numb for an hour after that. Would it be better to just have her get used to the pain of putting a pump site in just in case we have to do a quick change without cream? LOL...can you tell it's getting close to her appointment date? I add questions to my list daily :)

13 days til appointment!


Cara said...

Never used it. I don't know what it's like, but I know there are a lot of parents who use it for their kids.
Hopefully, someone else will give you a better answer. :)

Penny said...

When Riley first started we used it for about a month. Once I finally got up the courage to change it without the cream I realized it didn't seem to make much of a difference.

I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it and see if it works. It might at least help ease her mind the first few times or so.

Jill said...

Thanks Cara!

Penny~ I've prepared her for the needle being a little bigger and it might hurt just a bit more when we do the site than when she gets a shot but its only once every 3 days and not 6 times a day! I won't be one that says "It's not going to hurt" because I know that skin isn't very used. I have been getting her to do her injections in her tummy more so she's "using" that area. But I was wondering like you said, it would ease her mind just a bit. She wouldn't be focused on pain to start with. She said to me last night, "Mom, if I can give my own shots then I know I will be fine with the pump. I'm used to the pain and it doesn't hurt like it used to!" It gave me that reality smack for a moment. She's only 8 and I'm confident she will do really well with it, but that part of me is still sad for her because for her to say shes used to the pain just makes my heart hurt. She's so brave!

Molly said...

I used Emla for the first three years that I was pumping. Prior to pumping, I had never injected in my stomach and was freaked out about it. Emla really helped. I put it on about an hour before I did a site change, and never felt pain. Eventually, I was able to do it without it. I remember that the directions said to put it on like 15-30 minutes before, but I always found that a little longer was needed to really numb the area.

Lynnea said...

We used a numbing cream when our clinic required J.J. do a "dry trial". One of the requirements for going on the pump was that the child wanted to go on it. So I really didn't want J.J. freaked out from the pain if that was going to be an issue.

Once we actually started pumping however, we didn't use it. I didn't want to get dependent on it. But some kids are more sensitive than others.

There are times that it hurts more than others and for the life of me I don't know I just comfort him and distract him. He's usually over it in a matter of seconds.....short attention span!!:)

Rachel said...

I tried to get that for Tristan but they wouldn't give it to me. They said there's not enough information to know what the long term effects are. We only use it when when need to get his A1C test done at the local hospital because it's a blood test..... our endocrinologist is 2.5 hours away!! :)