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Old 03-07-2014, 14:53   #1
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So someone asked how's it going ... Been on the pump for over a month, CGMS, about a month.

I LOVE pumping! I loved being able to find out what was happening at NIGHT -- I was going up, basically for all the darktime hours, even though my days were perfect! A small adjustment or two in my basal rates for those times fixed that.

However, I STILL seem to struggle with the CGMS sensors ... I do not even know why, but it seems this particular brand and make of sensor has a fair share of problems. I am burning through test strips, trying to calibrate effectively.

When it works, it is fantastic, however, and yes, VERY helpful. Anyone who can afford it (my insurance coverage was excellent!) DO NOT HESITATE! I wish I had gotten one a year ago -- although, perhaps, I would not have appreciated it as much, then.

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What brand? I don't have many issues w/ the CGMS other than that the sensor tape is horrible and I have to use other tape over it. I've found that it's pretty accurate. Don't forget..it's not meant to give you real time feedback as to what's going on but it's more of a trend of how your blood is doing.

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Foxl do you take any type of acetaminophen products?

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What brand? I don't have many issues w/ the CGMS other than that the sensor tape is horrible and I have to use other tape over it. I've found that it's pretty accurate. Don't forget..it's not meant to give you real time feedback as to what's going on but it's more of a trend of how your blood is doing.
I use a coating of Skin Tac over the tape on my Dexcom G4. Works well and not so much irritation as with tape. Easiest to use the kind that comes in a bottle.

Also, remember the CGM reading is 10-15 minutes behind your actual glucose so it's not likely to be exactly the same unless you're very stable.

My CGM starts giving wildly inaccurate readings the day before it gets changed for some reason. Some people report stretching cannula sets up to a month, but I've had no luck doing so.

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After 7 days it just shuts down on me. I guess you can restart the sensor?

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After 7 days it just shuts down on me. I guess you can restart the sensor?
I use the Dexcom Gen4 and because my system is "out-of-pocket" I definitely do restart my sensor. At the end of 7 days when I get the 'replace sensor' message, I press the "stop sensor" button. I do NOT remove the sensor - then I press "start sensor" button. The Dexcom will give a round circle in the upper right hand corner of the main screen. The circle will eventually become a solid green - and then it will ask you for 2 finger sticks for calibrating the same sensor as if it were a brand new sensor. The most time I've ever gotten from one sensor is 28 days. Most of the time I get about 14-18 days. Dexcom does not recommend wearing the sensors more than 7 days, but then again Dexcom does not pay for my sensors either - I do!

You do have to be diligent and check your site to make sure your skin is healthy and does not get infected. I've had the Dexcom since 2007 and I've never had a site become infected.

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