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Not Again! 6-16-2021: DEXCOM

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Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in posting this update, but since I had to stop and remove the sensor from 6-13-2021 last night late after dinner, I didn't have the chance to type this up sooner. When I changed the old sensor and stopped it for the 15 minutes before inserting the newest one, I waited to see if the readings would come back and stay longer than two times. Unfortunately, since there were readings, but they hadn't stayed, I had to change them and then call for a free new sensor to be sent to me.

When I got in touch with a Rep. about the sensor not working correctly, I was told that they would send it out and the new sensor should be here between 3-5 days. Since it was 10 pm at the time, the new sensor's warm up period took until 12:30 am until there were any readings. This was because by the time I got everything taken care of and done on the phone, the insertion time was at 10:30 pm. Each time you insert a new sensor, it takes two hours to warm up before getting any readings to show up.

This morning, when I woke up first thing, my blood sugar was 79 mg/dl and the receiver said I was 80 ->. I had a mini snack before breakfast and the numbers went up slightly, but then came back down by the time lunch was ready to be prepared and eaten.

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Oh dear! This is not good. I don't know how you manage with the new sensors taking 2 hours to warm up, I'd want it to work quickly.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ThyroidThora

This is how all the systems work for the sensors that I have/had to use for 6 years. All warm up periods for all sensors take 2 hours each time

It seems too long to me because you could have a hypo in that time and perhaps not know about it.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ThyroidThora

That's why when you insert a new sensor and wait for the warm up to finish, you do a lower dose of insulin so the numbers don't drop too much without any warning. The rest of the time, you do a dose that is more when necessary.

Gosh! I don't know how you manage to juggle all this. You are a very brave person.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ThyroidThora

Thank you! I'm doing what I can and watch everything. It sometimes takes time, but I do it and be patient. :-)

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