Two years ago when I started to have regular fun and games (see also: swearing and rage) with kinked cannulas, I made the decision to try out the Medtronic steel cannulas. Rather than being most people's nightmare because of the idea that you might feel them under the skin (you can't), it took just a couple of weeks of before I made the switch on a permanent basis.
I loved the fact that as they are removed after just two days and were so much more narrow than the Teflon needles, there was always much less scar tissue left after it was removed. And the purple marks people talked about seeing after removing the Teflon needles seemed like a thing of the distant past, to me.
Perhaps the issue is just that in order to use my steels I have been using my abdomen for every cannula, but I feel like I'm starting to resemble the Olympic rings. Right?
With an inkling over the last few weeks that burnout may be approaching (**rips off own pump and goes to hide in garden shed for a day with a pint of ice cream**), I've put in a sharpish order for some inset IIs (Teflon needles that could park themselves on my back or arm).
Why? Because as PWDs who have choice (even if that choice is limited) over the tools we use to manage our diabetes, and it is my prerogative (and sometimes a survival technique) to shake things up and change my form of attack.
For a long time I didn't mind using my abdomen for cannulas. It worked for me and the lack of kinky (oo-er) issues kept me kicking the crap out of diabetes without a second thought. But it's OK to reach an impasse and say, "This isn't working out, anymore" and make changes that will help you feel ready to take on another day with diabetes. Diabetes paraphernalia is something unavoidable that we have to live with as PWDs, so we might as well make that paraphernalia work for us.
Have you changed your paraphernalia to make it work for you?