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Re: [IP] Re: sensor sites

 I now use only my thighs, the fronts of my thighs from just above the knee to
about 4 inches above. They just wouldn't work in my stomach. I would love to try
my arms but can't figure out how I'd do it without being able to use both hands.
It's easier to imagine with the enlites because the inserter is easier and can
be done with one hand, but the taping would be a problem.

 I have issues if I sleep right on top of the seC1or - it will either flatline
low or skyrocket. If that happens, I don't calibrate right away, I let it try to
sort itself out. Since I never sleep on my stomach, it only happens if I am on
my side leaning toward the front and my leg turns and the sensor hits the
mattress. That's why I try to keep them on the front of my thigh.

 With the enlites the last few months, I've gotten very few weak signals. I did,
however, have a gusher when I inserted one on Sunday and had to trash it. I now
have a big bruise in that spot!

Stacey M

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> On Jan 17, 2014, at 10:34, Jenny M <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Hi Pam,
> I was trained on the previous CGM sensor (can't recall the name right now) in
> November last year. I did not feel that it was at all comfortable, and have
> been upgraded in December of last year to the Enlite sensor and the 530g
> pump.
 > I can say that the new Enlite sensor is way more comfortable than the
> one. I do not seem to have any issues with them, and I can make them last
> about 7 days (approved for 6), although the 7th day always seems a bit more
> sketchy and then I know it is definitely time to change the site.
> The only thing that I have an issue with is the fact that there is a little
> band of tape from the actual sensor that flaps over to the transmitter, and
> that strand of tape is not smooth. It actually can scratch. That and the
> overlay tape is different. Instead of the big square or other means to keep
> the transmitter in place, they supply you with a small itty bitty square with
> a hole cut out in the center where you have to center over the site (it is
> explained in the pictures). I was not trained on inserting my sensor in my
> arms or legs, only my abdomen as I was told that is the area where there is
> the best readings for the sensors. Funny how different trainers say different
> things, even though they are training patients on the same things.
> I do not have any issues when lying directly on the sensor, as I do not even
> feel that I have it on. I find that the readings are closer to my finger
 > sticks than before with the previous sensor (usually within 5 or 10 points).
> was also told to keep cell phones (or any other devices that have electronic
> currents) away from the transmitters as that may interfere with transmitting
> results and cause a weak or lost sensor alarms. Also keeping the pump closer
> to the transmitters (I try to keep my pump right next to the sensor), I was
> told should help eliminate those error codes. Anything greater than 6 feet
> distance will also cause those errors (per Minimed Tech Support).
> Hope this helps. I am interested in hearing about anyone else's experience.
> =)
> Have a great day! =) Jenny
> On Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:36 PM, Pam Brown <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Yes, I almost exclusively use my arms for the sensors. Occasionally my thighs
> or love handles, but never once my stomach. In fact the Minimed trainer who
> trained me on the CGMS five years ago had my start on my thigh and she was
> wearing one on her arm. She never even suggested the stomach as she knew I
> was
> using that for my infusion sets. I save my stomach and back for my pump
> sites.
> Like you I have been pumping for 20 years and don't have that much real
> estate
> on my abdomen. I'm running out of sites too for pumping, which is a different
> matter for another post, so I definitely avoid that area for sensors.
> My first two years on the CGMS I only used my thighs, but as I started
> exercising more and getting more muscular in my legs, those sites were not
> lasting very long and getting hard red bumps and "ejecting" the sensors after
> a few days, so I switched to my arms. I love using my arms for sensors. It's
> more comfortable, doesn't have the problems my legs had and seems more
> accurate. I've only used the outer sides of my upper arms though, so I can
> only fit about three sensors per arm before having to switch arms. Since
> that's only six weeks (can't wear them more than 7 days due to skin
> irritation
> issues), I then throw in a couple of spots on my hips and the flabbiest part
> of my outer thighs just to extend the time until I'm back to square one on my
> arms.  That system seems to work well for me.
> I would love to use other parts of my arms, like the front, but am afraid to
> as I'm more muscular there and the only place I can really pinch an inch is
> the back of my arms. Does anyone else who doesn't have a lot of flab use the
> front of your arms for sensors or other spots?
> Another sensor question - I want to upgrade to the 530 pump/Enlite sensor
> soon
> now that my Revel is out of warranty. My concern is that the new sensor goes
> straight in rather than at an angle like the old Minimed sensor. I'm worried
> about lying on it as I sleep on my sides and wear the sensors either on my
> outer arms or outer thighs. That usually works okay with the current sensors,
> although occasionally I get a weak sensor or lost sensor reading when I'm
> lying on it. I'm wondering how the new straight-in sensor will be in that
> regard. Does anyone have experience with that issue? Pam
> <Has anyone been using their arms for sensors? I have few if any sites
> available
> in the stomach area and above. I need to save those areas for infusion sites.
> I'm interested in others experiences with sites and sensors.>
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