Since Grace has been on the OmniPod, she has refused to put it on her tummy. She never even had shots in her tummy when she was on shots. She would faithfully rotate the Pod from each arm, her bottom, each thigh and upper leg, but never, never, never the tummy. In fact, don't even mention the tummy cause it cause shrieking and running from the room. So, like anything else, I waited. Heck, I waited a good 9 months until my little Miss G was ready for the pump, I was ready to wait this one out too.
Then about a month ago, I mentioned the tummy site when she would change the Pod. Literally every time I would ask her. She would faithfully tell me 'NO!' and then explain that the tummy site would "REALLY HURT MOM!" I would ask her each time who told her this - was it someone else? was it me? She would respond that no one had told her that, it was just what was in her head. She was sticking with the idea that it hurt worse than anything and you know how once a thought gets into your head you cannot help believe it? That was the conundrum my gal was stuck in. I had Gary Scheiner talk with her, her CDE and endo talk with her - everyone told her the truth. That it hurt no more and no less than any other site she already did.
Finally I thought of something. Every one has their price in life. In other words, it was like Fear Factor. How much to eat the cow's eye? How much to sit in a tub with snakes? What's it worth to you? What I learned from that show is that everyone has a price to do anything. If a person won't do something, you just haven't hit that person's price point yet.
So, basically I played Fear Factor with Grace. And I am not even ashamed to say it.
(And to those of you who even think of leaving a comment about how I paid her off and bribed her. Well, you could put it that way. Yes, I did. And I'm not even a bribery kind of Mom!)
I placed $20.00 on the table and told her it was hers tonight if she put the Pod on her tummy. I knew money started talking to this gal in the last year. Allowances. Money to buy things. The girl knew money. The deal was $20.00 to try a tummy site. Just once. Then after she tried it and it was OK, it was part of the rotation of sites. $20.00 was a one time deal. And I guaranteed that in 4 hours, if it bothered her so much that she couldn't stand it, I would remove the Pod and we would place it somewhere else.
It was quite a deal. Worthy of MidEast peace negotiations.
Guess what Gracie's price point on a tummy insertion site is?
That would be $20.00.