Hi. I just started my new G4 today. I was using a Guardian before. The instructions say to place the sensor horizontally. I prefer to place the sensor vertically on my upper arm. Has anyone had any problems with placement? Does it really matter if the sensor is vertical or horizontal?
Let us know how it works for you. I am seriously contemplating that location for the next sensor.
Yes, please do. You'd think it would get bunched up in said jeans.
I place it vertically on my arm. all around the bicep. I have been wearing them there for a year and have had no issues at all whatsoever, This is the best!!!!
After 24h, the line is still not as smooth as other weeks but at least the accuracy is better than last time. I wear jeans that are not too tight and stretchy so I have no issues. You just have to pay more attention when you put them down ;)
I ended up putting it on the back of my left arm this time. It's the first time I have tried my left arm so at least the site is brand new.
Is the line ever smooth,I mean are you used to it being smooth ?
But I would imagine if it were on my leg I would have to worry when I pulled my pants down.
I walk miles every day so I may just keep it to my arms. We'll see as time goes by. Thanks for the update though, I am glad it is working out better than the last time you used your thigh.
Usually after 12h the line is quite straight (no zig-zag). This insertion took a little more time to do it but now it's quite good and it's on par with my glucometer. I'm glad I've experimented again.
I'm glad you did experiment as well. My experiment with the back of my left arm went very badly. I had placed the sensor too far back and it interferred with my sleeping and just about everything else. So after only 1 day I decided to remove it. Thank goodness I had already had 1 sensor replaced by Dexcom because it gave me some really funky readings and wasn't very accurate on day 5 and 6. In any case I surveyed potential sites and really tried to find one on my stomach that would be ok, but I just could not, so instead I put it vertically on my thigh just below where my jeans pocket is. I like where it is now, and it is comfortable. I had a really good night's sleep with no alarms, and so far it has been pretty close to the glucometer, so I would at least initially deem it a success.
Only thing to be careful of is your insurance may not pay if you do not use items according to manufacturer instructions. There was a parent on here about three years ago with a very sad story about a misadventure and insurance would not cover the costs because the parent failed to follow manufacturer and prescriber guidelines.
If the wire breaks outside the belly, you may pay the full cost of patching yourself back together. Your call.
Thanks for the warning Jay. And while I understand using an "unapproved" site for the sensor could in fact make me liable for any and all consequences, if I did have to use the tiny bit of real estate that is approved for this device, I can honestly say I would not be using it at all. I can only hope that I am not unfortunate enough to have a sensor break off.
Jesse has always worn it vertically on his arm for the last couple of years..
he's never had a sensor break off in 3 years...
I'm really wondering if it's a wrong insertion site for me (upper thigh). It was perfect until the third day. I was impressed with my control and how my line was barely going above 120 but on the fourth day, after my breakfast, nothing happened. I calibrated 5 times and it was so off. It was only going straight. I called Dexcom this morning and they will replace that sensor. The girl couldn't say if it was the location or the sensor but I was swearing it would go right back on my stomach. I've quickly become dependant of that little machine.