Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
March 23, 2006
Question from Cleveland, Ohio, USA:
I want another opinion. I'm 42 years old and have had type 1 since I was nine years old. I'm on an insulin pump, see my doctor regularly and am regulated pretty well. My sugars bounce. I recently lost a lot of weight, well over 65 pounds. I also had a tummy-tuck and liposuction. I am 5 feet, 5 inches and weigh approximately 124 pounds. I had my belly button pierced years ago, when I was overweight. It did not heal properly. I also never let the belly button breathe. I was always covered up. I was thinking about doing it again, but my doctor said that he wouldn't advise it and he won't write a note for me to take to the piercing facility. He said that it was because I was over 40, diabetic and too high a risk for infection. He said that he can't stop me, but he won't approve. My plastic surgeon said that I have a good chance of healing properly, but he's not familiar with the diabetes aspect. I found someone to do the piercing who is licensed. She's certified by the medical board and the health board. I wanted to get a "diabetic" opinion from someone other than my doctor. Any thoughts or other referrals that I can check?
I am afraid I would side with your diabetes doctor on this. I would be conservative and recommend you don’t have it done. There is the risk of undoing what you recently had done. I have taken too many infected pieces of jewelry out to feel comfortable about this.