I've just started it, I'm on my third sensor.
I sweat a lot and my sensor adhesive usually starts to break down after two days of activity. I like to use the hot tub too, and that breaks it down even more. I haven't taken it surfing, but I can only imagine...
Does anyone have tips on how to extend the life of the adhesive? I was thinking of using New-Skin liquid bandage and applying it around the perimeter of the sensor. Any adice is always appreciated!
When I used the Navigator (version 1), I had similar problems. I ended up using Tagaderm, an IV transparent film dressing, to hold it in place (there are others by other makers). Look on the TuDiabetes web site--such dressings are discussed here by several others.
As discussed in many other threads, there are a number of adhesive helpers that will keep the sensor in place longer. I prefer the opti-flexifix tape. It works well for me. You mentioned that you like to use the hot tub. I was told that the hot tub will kill the sensor. Even when I used the Medtronic CGM, they said the same thing. Do you know something different? I would love to be able to use the hot tub without worrying about killing the sensor.
I am on sensor number 9 and I have been using them on my upper arm about 4 to 5 inches down from my shoulder for me it works fine, same accuracy and I could sit in a hot tub and leave my arm out of the water.Might be worth a try.
Hi Donald, do you insert in your arm on your own or do you have someone that helps you. I would like to use my arm again but can't figure out how to get it there alone.
Sandy- have you figured it out yet?
I inserted in my arm all by myself- not sure if I can explain how, but if you still need some tips- I'd be happy to try and share.
Sorry, the holidays were busy. I look in a mirror and turn sideways with all of the backing peeled off and the adhesive bowed backward I stick the center of the sensor pad and then starting with the top I work down the sides to the bottom. After the adhesive is holding all the way around it will hang by itself, then I squeeze the 2 tongs together with one hand and push up to make it drop off with the other hand hope this helps somehow, good luck
I use mastisol, it is surgical strength skin adhesive
Good adhesive, I use this also. i sweat and also use the hot tub atthe Y.
I just ordered opsite flexifix from amazon but it cost $7+ for shipping. No super saver on offer. I had to have it due to travel arrangements but I hope I can avoid the ship charge in future. I checked for local sites (CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, KMart). Forgot walmart and target but .....
+2. It does get ugly by about the 2 week mark, but well worth it - the stuff just doesn't come off.