I have had my Dexcom for only one day and several hours. I went to my endocrinologist for help with putting the first sensor in and instructions etc.- it's in my right middle abdomen area.
I've had several readings which have been from 40- 59 points different than the blood glucose finger sticks as well as incorrect. I can tell when they are wrong on Dexcom right away- the lows and higher readings are all wrong. I'm spending too much time calibrating Dexie.
The last one just said I was 49 and gave me the below 50 alarm, the finger stick was 109.
Should I try another site? I'm not sure what to do. I also think something is wrong with my receiver as it doesn't always seem to vibrate/beep now with warnings all of which have been low.
That is a large part of why I wanted cgm- I have been having low lows and I'm worried about this when I'm sleeping, but none of Dexies readings so far have been correct for that. The other part is to see what is happening all of the time which I can't possibly do with finger sticks alone.
Will this get better? Am I doing something wrong? I'm wondering if after another try with a different sensor/location I should send this back and wait for the new and improved model?
Nothing is more frustrating when the sensor is unfconfortble and gives false readings. It seems to create a love/ hate relationship for all of us. IT DOES TAKE TIME! If you can find 1 or 2 spots tht work , that would be enough. I have started wearing it for a week or 2 , then taking a few weeks off, then putting one on if needed. As for your site...the back flabby part of arm may be better choice. love handle area even if you do not have much flab there. Good luck!
Meee, one of the reasons I have started using the thigh area, is because I can visually see the insertion point and can adjust the angle of the inserter so as to keep the sensor needle shallow, just under the skin.
This area gives me good visibility and keeps both hands free, I can pinch up a good bit of skin, angle the inserter to match the angle/fall of the flesh and press the inserter quickly.
The only discomfort was the initial pinch, I will say the first sensor in my abdomen just plain hurt, when I placed it, when I tried to sleep the first two nights, every time I bent over, everytime I twisted my upper torso. I dealt with it until the itching started after 4 days, and would not quit.
My second sensor went in my right leg/thigh, I had it angled too deeply and every once in a while I would feel the pinch of the sensor press against the muscle, this hurts. The pain from this would worsen as I rode my bike, because I would lose water weight as I rode causing the sensor to touch the muscle more.
It seems as keeping the sensor needle shallow has been the trick, I am still using the sensor I placed 11 days ago, and the reading was off this morning, my dex, said 95 and my one touch said 94 this a.m.:)
Please don't give up Meee, I know I wanted to drive over my dex with my Jeep repeatedly with the first two sensors, but once I have figured it out, I would not want to be without it for very long.
I did take a break between sensor 1 and 2, while waiting on the barrier material, and then again between sensor 2 and 3 waiting on the skin-tac. This helped me mentally and made it easier, and helped me to realize I could take a break whenever I felt I needed to.
I agree, I've never had one hurt. Sometimes I have to feel around on my body to remember where it is LOL
wow... that is good... I wish that was the case for me... I have felt pain instantly with both sensors.
I feel this pinching feeling all the time when I move around and I can feel it all the time... I would never forget it's there or need to look for it.
I'm not sure what to do- I've still had mostly inaccurate readings... this past 6am dex = 169 my meter = 53! I had to take sugar, fortunately I usually wake up when I'm low while sleeping.
There have only been 3 or so readings on this sensor which were dead on and the trends are sometimes wrong- I went for a walk after an after meal spike and it said I went up to 200 during the walk, but when I returned I was 93 according to my meter and I was only walking for 20 minutes or so so I don't think I would have dropped that much.
I did discover though yesterday that I had spiked to 130 when dex asked for a blood test- that is higher than I have ever gone as far as I know since my new diet and I'm not sure why- it happened again tonight -
I think both my pens were too old and I've changed them now but I'm not sure if this was the cause or if it's still instability from dka or something else. The diabetic educator thought I should maybe return it as it is too inaccurate.
Im so tired... and it still hurts, so it doesn't seem worth it, I think I need a much smaller sensor and more accuracy to make this worth it for me. It's such an ordeal to get this thing in me- I don't think I can get it vertically on the back of my arm without help and I'm not sure where all the muscles are and so on. I'll see how I feel about it tomorrow... but I wonder if having this sensor in me could spike my sugars also, maybe the fact that I'm having discomfort from it could have that effect on me.