Re: [IP] Wearing my first Enlite sensor - the experience
Thanks for that great detail in your experience!
Your English was great - do not have any fear about posting in the future.
Keep us posted on how things go in the future!
On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 5:27 AM, Nikos Filippou <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Some days ago I've had the chance to get on my hands my first Enlite sensor
> and the serter that comes with it. I will try to describe my experience of
> that new sensor till now. Please excuse my English as my mother language is
> Enlite comes in a hard plastic box that is similar to a Quickset box. It
> does not need fridge, so I can store them at the same place with my other
> diabetes supplies.
> The serter looks like a double in height quickserter but has only one
> at the upper side.
> The packing of the new sensor is much more sophisticated than the
> I used till now. The needle is hidden well and you cant see it or actually
> feel it at any stage of the insertion procedure.
> When I unpack the enlite sensor I place it on a clean table and hold it
> my two fingers while I place the serter on the top of the sensor. The
> is made in a way that does not let you make an error while placing the
> sensor in the serter. A clear click was heard when the sensor loaded. After
> that I remove the the first part of adhesive protector and place it on my
> body (used my tummy), to insert it.
> Pressing the insertion button nothing happens. The insertion happens when
> you leave the insertion button. At that time I felt only a clap ( a soft
> punch) on my body and no feeling of a needle coming in me. I thought that I
> did something wrong but I continue the procedure as it was written in the
> guide. I kept the serter on place and count from 1 to 5 (5 seconds for the
> adhesive to stuck) before I repress the button and pull the serter away.
> serter removed with the needle hidden in a plastic part. So, I ve never had
> the chance to see or feel the needle which was great as one of the scary
> part of placing the old sensors was to remove the needle from the body. It
> had worked like charm!
> Then I removed carefully the second part of the adhesive protector and
> with my fingers, the rear part of the adhesive, which has the shape of the
> transmitter, to stuck well. Then I used one of the two special transparent
> adhesive that comes with every sensor to stabilize sensor in place. This
> adhesive looks like an IV 3000 with a orthogonal hole in the middle. When
> you place it it holds the frond part of the sensor to stay in your body
> (like the paper tapes we used), when the rear part stuck at the rear part
> sensor's adhesive leaving the sensor's connection free at the orthogonal
> The glue they use at the new adhesives are much more strong than the one
> previous adhesives had. There was no allergic reaction of the adhesives on
> my skin till now.
> Then I placed the transmitter, the same way I always do and start the
> on from my pump. I removed the third part of the sensor's adhesive
> and cover the transmitter with the adhesive. This third part of the
> looks like a tale that when placed on the transmitter it keeps it stable
> Because I plan to use that sensor as long as I can, I placed an IV-3000 on
> top of all these, just to be sure. This IV-3000 is not necessary by the
> The whole insertion procedure has nothing to do with what we did with the
> soft sensor. It is much more easier, painless and stuck the enlite sensor
> far more better than the old one. For me it was a totally different
> experience and this is why I tried to describe it as good as I can.
> USING THE NEW SENSOR
> The first difference I saw using the new enlite sensor was the Isig.
> Produced Isig was far more higher than any soft sensor's I ever use at the
> five years with them. At the first calibration I' ve had Isig 49,68 for BG
> At the first day of use, I found a decrease at enlite Isig's power which
> fell down at the Isig of 29,92 for BG 102 and then stays around there all
> the days I use that sensor, till now (day 11).
> Because of that Isig decrease, I restart the sensor on day 2 and did not
> give calibration for two hours to let system forget previous calibrations.
> After that restarting on day 2 the system was incredible accurate for the
> next 6 days. It was hand by hand with my Abbott's freestyle lite BG meter I
> use at highs and lows with lag time arround 6 minutes between the SG and
> if they showed different (but always close) results. When the results was
> different I waited for 6 minutes and had the same SG result as BG.
> At day 7 when I recharge and restart the sensor I've had less problems as
> the system had not showed any Isig decrease or other problems. Now I'm
> writing this e-mail both my BG and SG are 124ml/dl and Isig is 35.74!
> I'm amazed with the enlite accountancy, except the first day of use. It
> clearly has higher definition than the soft sensor and follows all my highs
> and lows very very close. My higher reading those days was BG 263 when SG
> was 257ml/dl, when my lower BG reading was 38, enlite SG was --- because it
> does not appears values bellow 40.
> I use high and low alerts (69-121), prediction alerts (30' minutes) and
> alerts (fall 2.0/min, rice 1,5/min). I checked every single high or low
> alert I've got with mh BG meter and found that all alerts was accurate with
> the exception of the first day. In some of these alerts I found the 6
> minutes lag time between the meter and SG.
> The result was great for me till now. The adhesives are still well stacked
> no matter of the showers I ve got all these 11 days with the exception of
> the top IV-3000 which I replace it for 4 times after showers without
> the original adhesives. I plan to keep this first sensor as long as I can
> and no less than 21 days, just to see how it goes till it dies.
> Sorry if that text was long but I did my best to keep it short without
> leaving out any details that I thought you would like to know.
> If you have any questions or want to learn more details please ask me and
> I'll do my best to answer.
> Nikos Filippou
> Thessaloniki, Greece
> Sent from my black-iRefrigerator
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