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Just as a reminder with the recent release of the new Dexcom G4 to the US market--it is NOT okay to post about previous models or older sensors as being 'for sale' on this site.

It is a violation of the Terms of Use because it is a prescription device, and any such efforts will unfortunately be removed.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association (http://www.cr3diabetes.org), which accepts unexpired glucometer and insulin pump supplies, or alternatively you may talk to your physician's office or other local medical group to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance.

Thank you all for kindly refraining from this activity.

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Comment by Natalie ._c- on Saturday

CC: ADORABLE dachsie!! I have 2. :-)
Janet-G: good to know that Medtronic will sell supplies even if you don't use their products. There's a tape I want that covers my infusion set, that no one else sells, and this means maybe I can get it from them! :-)

Comment by CC on Friday

Niccolo, I have adherence problems as well but mine is from too much perspiration. I purchased 2 different tapes( Hypafix & Opsite Flexifix)from Amazon. They were more economical than Tegaderm. I didn't know which one would work better for me. After 6 months of usage, I found that the Hypafix is better as it seems to "breathe" and moisture does not collect beneath it like it does with the non-porous tape (Opsite Flexifix.) It is cloth-like very similar to the adhesive that the Dexcom has. Don't let that be a deterrent though.

Here's what I do: (1)put on the Dexcom; (2) wait 1 hour (I don't even start the Dex until after the 1 hour at the recommendation of a Dexcom tech);(3) apply Skin Tac to the Dexcom's adhesive base (just put it on top of the cloth as it soaks in down to the skin);(4)then I apply Skin Tac to the skin area where I am going to place the Hypafix; (5)wait about 3-5 minutes for the Skin Tac to dry a little; (6) while waiting, I cut the Hypafix to the desired size(I usually make it 4-5 inches wide) & I cut out a hole in the center using an old plastic sensor base as the template);(7)take the back tape off the top first and apply the Hypafix to the skin, so that the Dexcom is not covered by the Hypafix (I make the hole a little smaller than the template so that the Hypafix will cover the edges of the Dexcom); (8) as the days progress and I notice that an edge may be coming loose, I apply more Skin Tac.

I have been able to get 14-21 days worth of wear doing this. However, I use my lower abdomen as my site. I do heavy gardening and thus far the Dexcom has stayed on. Since you're swimming and moving/stretching all your muscles a lot, you might have more adherence issues than most users do.

Good luck and let us know how things work out for you. I know that you have been searching for the right solution for a while. Don't give up. Something has got to work even if it's a combination of several of the good suggestions that you have received from the folks here.

Comment by CC on Friday

Comment by Janet-G on Friday

Niccolo: I getthe tegaderm when Medtronic sends my supplies. I started receiving the tape because I once used the enlite but stopped and changed to the Dex. I'm glad that Medtronic continues to send the tape even though I don't use the tape for their products.

Comment by A. Kelsey Metcalf on Friday
Right. You have to buy it yourself separately. Dexcom does not provide it and usually insurance does not cover it.
Comment by Lilli on Friday
No Dexcom doesn't supply them, we get them ourselves. I ordered mine from Amazon but you can probably get them at a medical supply too.
Comment by niccolo on Friday

It's my impression that some of you get extra supplies, like Tegaderm, that help the Dexcom sensors stick better, from Dexcom with your sensor shipments. I'm having adhesion issues, because I'm a swimmer and the adhesive only makes it through two swims before it's toast. I contacted Dexcom, and they claim they don't provide such supplies to anyone, all they can do is tell me the names of four different tapes they recommend, and I'm on my own to locate and purchase those. Do others have different experiences?

Comment by Kim S. (onesaint) on January 20, 2015 at 4:13pm

lol Natalie! If anything, it's a cigar, but not often. ;)

Comment by Natalie ._c- on January 20, 2015 at 12:51pm

Hey, Kim S. (onesaint), nice to know what you really look like. Somehow, I didn't think that pipe was authetic!! :-)

Comment by Kim S. (onesaint) on January 20, 2015 at 9:16am

On another note, my DD was recently DX'ed T1 which lead me to the nightscout project and dexdrip, both really cool projects for the Dexcom which should be looked into.

http://www.nightscout.info/

http://stephenblackwasalreadytaken.github.io/DexDrip/

 

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