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New Sensor Tonight 8-29-2021: DEXCOM

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Hi everyone. This is an update on the sensor that was from the 23rd. Unfortunately, the sensor didn’t work that good as the last few had done.

For the last few days/nights, there were no readings and sensor error messages/alarms going off a lot of different times today. There were also a few last night before 10:30-11 pm. This was not helpful for me when I wanted to go to sleep.

This morning, I had to have a snack before breakfast today. My number was 100 mg/dl at 6:20 am. I had breakfast at 7 am. When I did my blood test, the receiver said I was 82-> at the time.

I called for a free replacement sensor tonight and it hopefully will be here between 3-5 days from now. We’ll see what happens when the time comes.

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Do you have to pay for all these that don't work

Goodness Leah, how frustrating for you. I hope the replacement will be better!

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Callendersgal

I hope so, too, Sue. A few of the sensors did a lot better than this last one I removed tonight.

How often you change sensor? Seems too much trouble CBC or maintenance.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Fatbuddy

I change the sensor either the day it’s the 10th day or sooner depending on the way the sensor is working.

Hey poor you Leah…it’s a never ending drama these sensors.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Jerry

This new sensor is okay so far. I will have to keep a very close eye on it, though.

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Last night at 6:45 pm, I plugged in the receiver while during the warm up period. By the time I was having my bedtime snack, it was done charging. At 4:30 am today, my receiver was alarming that I had to charge the battery now. The battery is supposed to be okay for 2-3 days. I will have to see what I can find out from the Tech Support and ask for them to send me a free replacement receiver.

Is it worth getting a sensor? I've not that long been diagnosed with T2 diabetes, my husband found a sensor, but when I looked into that brand it seemed more touble. I"ve recently come across Dexcom and wondered if that would be better. I swim and spa 3 times a week and also concerned about the adhesive in case it causes me a reaction.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to LaceyLady

Some people have reactions to the adhesive backing, but they use the overlay patches to keep the sensor and transmitter on during warm temperature days.

I've used the CGM for 6 years and even with some issues dealing with some sensors, it has keep me from having extreme lows while sleeping at night. I always have the low alert set to go off at 80 mg/dl so I can do testing and maybe have a snack without needing any assistance since I can drop very quickly and not feel the lows happening.

I had a partial knee replacement November 2019 and they hadn't listened to me about plaster glue allergy! Put on a big long dressing that had adhesive, 6 weeks later a nasty allergic reaction that took 2 months to go:(

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to LaceyLady

Can you ask your doctor if there's a way to block the adhesive backing and still have everything be attached so it won't come off from the area you attach it?

Thought I'd see what Dexcom said. Once it's started an irritation, my skin will just carry on, had this with physio on my foot with plaster tape.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to LaceyLady

Can you ask the doctor for medical tape that can help with the sensor?

First I'd need to get one. I'm waiting for Dexcom to contact me so I can ask questions. TBH the adhesive patch should be hypoallergenic.

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