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I tried it once in my thigh and I almost cried from the pain.
One trick I found as far as getting the sensor "wet" is I put the new sensor in the night before I need to start using it. If find I have less problems with calibration that way too. Also, I have found I can get away with using my sensor for up to five days before I start getting errors without sacrificing accuracy.
I love the MM sensor. Like Jaclyn, I am addicted to the data stream!
The needle is about the only downside for me but it is pretty wicked. And I didn't mind injections at all! I usually use them for 6 days at a time, if only to preserve my abdomen? Someone hear speculated that they suspected MM had 'engineered' some sort of 3 day reliability issue to prevent people from doing this (to sell more sensors...) but I have not run into this problem. A lot of times, the second 3 days seem to have 'tighter' telemetry than the first day at least? I don't take notes so I don't have data to support this, more of a feeling?
Just when it's getting warmed up!
Huge difference between introducer needle and comfort of wear of Dexcom 7 Plus and Minimed. Dexcom also was more accurate overall, shorter warm-up period, less wobbly, flush to the skin, no extra tape needed, just a little skin tac. Not of fan of Minimed, though that could change with their next generation product (they are promising the "comfort" sensor). Not to mention, leave Dexcom on for 7 days, and restart without removing the sensor. Minimed process a PITA.
I found the Minimed Guardian to be incredibly inaccurate and very difficult to calibrate.