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kyteflyer 08-03-2019 23:16

More info on my sensor experience. It seems to me that there may even be variability not just between devices and methods of testing BGL, but also between the sensors themselves. My BG has ranged widely in the last 48 hours, and I am on my last available sensor. Readings have been pretty much accurate no matter which method I am using to test, so for the rest of the month I'll probably just stick to the sensor unless there are anomalies in the reads (eg super high or super low). No wonder the government wont subsidise it. Abbott has to do more about safety... because such inaccuracies are not safe, especially for T1s.

kyteflyer 08-10-2019 22:49

Well, there we go. Last sensor fell out last night with 6 days to go. I had tried strapping it down with some micropore but it didn't help. Back to finger pricking ... oh joy.

kyteflyer 06-15-2020 12:17

And, a few months later, I have decided to give the Libre sensors another shot. I have seriously lost control of my BGLs and am heading into organ damage territory. Also going to get back to the endo when the pandemic is over (well died down enough to get an appointment) and have her chek again to be certain I am not really a Type 1. I *look* like a 2 but I am recalling now being flagged during my teens for possible diabetes. I was excreting lots of glucose n urine but they didnt name it diabetes... now thinking... maybe. I was on a reasonable diet back then and was very active.

But.. I ramble. I have 3 months worth of sensors coming soonish. Last year when I was using them, in spite of the frustrations of some failing, I was able to control much better than I currently do.

itissteve 06-15-2020 13:03

Sue, good for you for giving it another shot. We've got to do what works...

kyteflyer 07-11-2020 23:02

So.. the first sensor in this batch... worked well until it fell off at 11 days (of 14). Second sensor worked beautifully until it fell off in the bed yesterday morning also at 11 days of 14. I’ve decided I just cant afford to slap a new sensor on as soon as one falls out so I’m finger sticking until that 14 days is up (2 to go). Overall, though, its been more successful (so far) than it was last year, and I have managed to keep about 85% of readings inside the range 3.9-8.5. I’ve had a few lows overnight initially but have sorted that by not necessarily dosing with RA at dinner. A few highs were self inflicted :) I still love hot chips.

moon 07-11-2020 23:16

Rats on losing the sensors. I use Dexcom and having pulled one out yet, but ironically this time switched to arm placement. They say to use on abdomen, like Libre says to use on arm, but so many Dexcom users like the arm that I thought I'd try. Have it on my forearm and so far (1 day!) so good.

Are there tapes that can secure it, or maybe using Skin Tac would help?

Glad to hear it's working well this time around and that you're getting great info!

kyteflyer 07-13-2020 21:12

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Originally Posted by moon (Post 1326937)
Rats on losing the sensors. I use Dexcom and having pulled one out yet, but ironically this time switched to arm placement. They say to use on abdomen, like Libre says to use on arm, but so many Dexcom users like the arm that I thought I'd try. Have it on my forearm and so far (1 day!) so good.

Are there tapes that can secure it, or maybe using Skin Tac would help?

Glad to hear it's working well this time around and that you're getting great info!

I ordered an arm band which is designed to fit round the sensor, but its coming from the UK and is taking forever to get here. In the meantime... never heard of skin tac! Must look into that.

Iíll be applying the next sensor this morning. I looked into Dexcom but in Australia, its exponentially more expensive than Libre, and because I am not a T1, I really donít need the immediacy of its reporting. Also, because I am still considered T2, no subsidy for me.

I must admit I LOVE not needing to stick my fingers many times a day. I only do it to check on what might seem to be very low or very high. ie, rarely!

moon 07-13-2020 23:27

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Originally Posted by kyteflyer (Post 1326957)
I ordered an arm band which is designed to fit round the sensor, but its coming from the UK and is taking forever to get here. In the meantime... never heard of skin tac! Must look into that.

Skin Tac and an over patch should keep it in place. Have seen the arm bands - hope that works well for you.

Agree on not having to finger stick - fantastic! I also only do it when my dex seems off and I want to make sure my bolus is correct. Have found once a sensor is spot-on, it tends to be the full time and I can relax.

kyteflyer 07-24-2020 22:32

So so happy!! MY armband arrived and its perfect. I barely notice its there. Next time I will only using it toward the end of the sensor period, when the adhesive starts to get a bit dodgy. I’ve even knocked it on a doorway a couple of times, and it has remained in place (hmm, maybe I should have it on all the time)

ON another note, I need to change the range for my BG levels. Its currently between 3.9 and 8.5 (was 9.5) and I am staying within, with only one or two spikes to the top of the range, a day... (mostly hovering between 6 and 7.5 and I know thats a bit high... working on it) but what is the real recommended? I’m staying inside that with reducing my insulin to half what it was, and rarely dosing with RA.

itissteve 07-24-2020 22:33

I'm glad to see you found a solution!


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