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kyteflyer 05-24-2019 22:18

Alternative locations for Libre sensor?
 
I'm having great frustrations with the Libre sensor. The recommended location is difficult, to say the least. The first sensor got caught in a sleeve and flipped out onto the floor with 4 days to go. The second, I knocked out of place (after 24 hours) on the car as I was getting in, and that made it useless, the last I knocked out of place on a doorway (after 5 days) because I lost my balance as I was leaving a room...

I want to know if anyone is using a less exposed location for their sensors, and how much of a difference it makes to readings. I'm not buying another one until I find out. They are too damned expensive to be having to replace sooner than recommended. That said, I think they are just wonderful, in how they keep track of your BGL 24/7.

itissteve 05-25-2019 01:14

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Originally Posted by kyteflyer (Post 1319533)
I want to know if anyone is using a less exposed location for their sensors, and how much of a difference it makes to readings.

I'm not a Libre user but I was intrigued enough by the question to do a quick Web search. I found numerous options and most people seemed to think the sensor did as good a job in the less-exposed location than the Abbott recommended location. The big caveat seems to be that Abbott will not replace sensors on which the adhesive fails if the sensor is anywhere but their recommended location. That does not quite sound like your problem, though.

I searched for Alternative locations for Libre sensor? (your post title) and it came up with several suggestions, including many specific to the Libre sensor (i.e., not just any CGM sensor). Since every body is different, I'd suggest doing that very Web search yourself and evaluating the comments people have made on other locations.

kyteflyer 05-25-2019 10:30

Thanks, Steve, I'll do that.

kyteflyer 05-30-2019 12:29

Well, finally reached the end of my tether. The last two (so its now 3 of 6 sensors) were duds. I've had two replaced but sent the last one back today, and said, basically, dont bother me again. I want nothing more to do with Libre until they work out the bugs. The last two failed immediately. Back to finger stabs.

I will likely continue to use the reader with the compatible strips (Optium strips). The reader has a rechargable battery.. no more searching out CR2032s when you run one flat at the wrong time of day.

itissteve 05-30-2019 13:59

Sounds like the Libre was not useful enough for you to overcome its issues. I'm sure future Libre users, though, will appreciate your pioneering efforts.

kyteflyer 05-30-2019 15:25

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Originally Posted by itissteve (Post 1319621)
Sounds like the Libre was not useful enough for you to overcome its issues. I'm sure future Libre users, though, will appreciate your pioneering efforts.

Issues is not a word I would use when 3 of the sensors failed so quickly (24 hours, one hour and one hour) If I cant use them, I'm not pioneering anything. And its wasting my time, hanging about waiting for yet another delivery of a sensor when I have no clue what time it will arrive. I have spent this week in a state of wait. From the time of contact to tell them the sensor is a dud, to the emails or phonecalls, to the receipt of the new sensor, is 2-3 days. And then, it doesnt work.

It might just be a bad batch. One can hope. Maybe I will buy another sensor sometime down the track but right noiw I am not risking more duds.

VeeJay 05-30-2019 19:19

That's got to be incredibly frustrating. :vs_mad:

rsfletcher 05-30-2019 20:25

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Originally Posted by kyteflyer (Post 1319625)
Issues is not a word I would use when 3 of the sensors failed so quickly (24 hours, one hour and one hour) If I cant use them, I'm not pioneering anything. And its wasting my time, hanging about waiting for yet another delivery of a sensor when I have no clue what time it will arrive. I have spent this week in a state of wait. From the time of contact to tell them the sensor is a dud, to the emails or phonecalls, to the receipt of the new sensor, is 2-3 days. And then, it doesnt work.

It might just be a bad batch. One can hope. Maybe I will buy another sensor sometime down the track but right noiw I am not risking more duds.

I've been thinking of getting one for the past 6 months or more and the sensor falling off has always been one of my big concerns. I do a lot of physical activity and am concern of knocking it off. I appreciate your situation as you have confirmed it does happen.

Secondly, getting dud sensors pretty well means you gotta go with the old strip technology. Considering the cost of each sensor I would feel ripped off and who wants to feel like that!

The other concern I have is accuracy - they have a disclaimer right on their TV commercials that the sensor will give the wrong readings when BG levels sharply rise or fall. That makes me laugh as it's those times I test the most to try and stabilize things.

Maybe in time the technology will be a little bit more robust and accurate. The people I know who use them seem to have too much faith that it will work correctly - faith is something I don't rely on when managing my diabetes.

kyteflyer 05-30-2019 22:42

I found in a couple of groups that people have gone from Libre to Dexcom... but over here at least, Dexcom is even more expensive.

Its not the expense that bothers me, because really, if you get a dud, they *will* replace it free of charge (they even replaced my reader the first time because it turned out that it had some faults too). Its the fact that you have to use test strips whilst waiting. Its also about knowing how good it is when it works, that when it doesnt, you get so annoyed that you have to wait.

What I loved about it... the 24 hour visual representation of what was happening.

Accuracy is an issue... I found that I was showing lower than actual with the reader. It was only accurate when high. So, when at first I was getting readings under 4, I was randomly checking with test strips as well. I found that the difference could be up to 1.5 mmol.

Re falling off: I had not have that happen, but the first one which I flipped out via a caught sleeve at 10 days... I guess the adhesive is beginning to let go by then, but when I had to remove both the recent ones, it was hanging on like grim death. It was not easy to remove.

Anyway, its all over for now. I'll be keeping an eye on reports of faults or dropoffs, and see how it goes. I must say that they have been very willing to replace stuff free of charge, its just the awful inconvenience of it all which got right up my nose. Maybe when I'm old and grey (oh whoops, too late) you'll be able to walk into the local pharmacy and buy.

kyteflyer 06-13-2019 15:07

So I changed my mind about getting a free replacement for the last dud and I'm pleased to say its all go. I'm on Day 7 and have had no issues with the current sensor. I've knocked it a couple of times on doorways but not hard enough to affect the function. Pretty happy now, and I will be buying the next on Monday, ready to go when this one ends. I'll just keep my fingers crossed that the good persists.


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