Hi you all. My son Micah, type 1 using the OminPod and Dexcom, is in need of some help from his fellow Dexcom users for a school project. If you could take a few seconds out of your time to answer some questions for him it will be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
These are the questions:
1. Do you ever wear your sensor longer than the 7 days? If yes, how many days can you get out of it with good readings?
2. Where do you wear your sensor?
3. If you wear your sensor on somewhere other than your stomach, which spot have you found to give you the best readings?
4. How often do you charge your battery?
5. What are your feelings about the wait time for starting a new sensor?
Here are my answers to your questions.
1. I usually wear my sensor just 7 days. I've gone longer but never got good readings after the 2nd week.
2. I always wear the sensor on my stomach.
4. I plug my receiver in to charge when I go to bed about every three days.
5. I'd like the startup time to be shorter but if that's what it takes, I can live with it.
Good luck on your school project!
Hi Phil this is from Micah:
Hi Phil. Thank you for helping me with my project. I feel the same about the startup time too.
1. Yes - have used up to 14 without problem
3. NA 4. Whenever it gets to one bar and starts flashing (once a week or so?)
5. Not a big deal to me
IMVic Micah says:
Thanks for your time IMVic. 14 days without a problem is good.
1. I wear my sensors as long as possible. Dexcom is currently seeking FDA approval for 14-21 days (so says my Endo, and he talks to them). My longest sensor was 25 days but I freaked out and took it off - I won't do that again.
2. I wear my sensors on the side of my thigh. I can feel the sensor in my pocket. I almost never bump anything with that part of my body and if need be, I can put the receiver in my pocket.
3. Hold your hands down at your sides. When I do that, I can feel a sensor on one side and a pod on the other. When deployed correctly, the numbers are excellent! I shot my stomach up for 30 years and I'm not gong back. It's all arms and legs now. I'm even going to try my calves next!
4. I put my receiver on the charger every night. I keep it in a shallow bowl of loose coins beside my bed with the end of it sticking up in the air. It vibrates and wakes me up whenever I'm low (90 for me) or high (180). Occasionally, if I role over I may loose reception, but it works most of the time. I know they say it'll work for 3 days on a single charge but I've never actually tested that.
5. The wait time is pain. If I knew what I was waiting for I might be more patient. I just consider is part of good control and stick it out. Having real time data is worth the wait, in my opinion.
Hi Brett, nice answers. This is from Micah:
Hi Brett. Wow, 25 days!! I charge mine every night also. Thanks for your answers.
I have to tell you, after 25 days, my sensor adhesive pad looked pretty ugly with Smith & Nephew FlexiFix tape all over the adhesive pad edges to keep it tacked down. The numbers were good even up to the very end which really surprised me (I still test with my meter 6 to 8 times a day). That spot was on the side of my right thigh. You want to find a spot like that and see if you can get a similar result.
1. Do you ever wear your sensor longer than the 7 days? If yes, how many days can you get out of it with good readings? Yes - my average is about 10 days.
2. Where do you wear your sensor? Lower abs
3. If you wear your sensor on somewhere other than your stomach, which spot have you found to give you the best readings? N/A
4. How often do you charge your battery? About every days - I take full advantage of the alarms and wear it out quick.
5. What are your feelings about the wait time for starting a new sensor? It doesn't bother me because prior to the Dexcom, I used a Navigator and that was 10 hours.
Good luck on your project!
Kelly, hello. Micah says:
Thank you Kelly for your help by answering my questions. I have to charge mine every night too, it doesn't last for three days.
1. i usually get atleast 7 my highest is i believe 11 days... my readings are always accurate usually no matter how long the sensor is in
2.I wore it on my stomach until i got a pump again now i wear it on my upper arm area
4.every 3 days or so sometimes 2
5. i think its great.. 2 hours is nothing for me
Andrew, thanks for helping out my son. Micah had this to say to you:
Hi Andrew. Thank you for answering my questions. I have finally found another person who wear their sensor on their upper arm like me. It is my fave spot.
1) Yes, I usually get about 3 weeks out of mine before it falls off. I've never really lost accuracy with it.
2) I wear mine in my stomach (love handle area), my upper buttox, and my thighs
3) I like my thighs the best and think they are the easiest... I think the accuracy is pretty consistent throughout
4) I charge my battery every other night, if I forget I usually find it dies between 2 and 4 pm the third day.
5) I wish there was less wait time (especially when I'm just restarting a sensor). I find it makes changing sensors at night difficult since I like to get a few glucose readings into the receiver before sleep and it's hard to do if I change the sensor after about 7pm.