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[IP] Getting up the courage to...just stick it!

This is meant to just be an informal survey/discussion out of 
curiousity.  :-)

For years on injections, I was able to very easily tell where to or not 
to inject by just slightly tapping the skin with the needle before 
penetrating the skin.  No problem, and I avoided it hurting most of the 

Then came pumping.  The one area that I had avoided like the plague was 
the one area that is most preferred for pump users:  the abdomen.

So, I have forced myself to insert the infusion set in the abdomen area 
(basically, on either side of the belly button).  

My problem is that MOST of the time it hurts a LOT...but ONLY at the 
moment of insertion.  After that, I can't feel it at all.  So, I find 
myself holding the QuickSerter having to "coach" myself:  "Okay...just 
press the buttons.  You can do it!  Go!"  Sometimes my fingers just 
don't want to obey.  :-)

I have learned that the LOWER on the abs I do it, the less painful.  
And, on occasion, I have a completely painless insertion.  I noticed no 
difference whether I used the inserter or not.  In fact, the few times 
I used to give injections in the abs, it hurt just as badly.

So, how many other people have to go through a ritual to get the 
infusion site in?  Am I the only person who finds the belly area 
extremely sensitive to this?  Just curious!  
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