Congrats on the DexCom. You will love it... I know I do.
1) If you have someone that can help you with the insertion, I think the back of the upper arm is the best place for the site. I completely forget that it's there.
2) I wear mine until the tape gives up. I can usually make it close to 14 days. Sometimes more.
I'll let other respond to the rest. Enjoy!
Here is a great vlog on self arm insertion. I am new to the Dex and have had a few sites on the back of my arm. Did them by myself up until the snapping off of the tab to push the transmitter in. Watched this video first and then was convinved I could do it and did.
Good deal, thanks for the link:)
IMPORTANT: Stop taking Tylenol (or anything with acetominaphen) as these drugs will render the Dex completely useless (Your numbers will be rediculously innacurate). I dont find this to be a difficult thing to do...myself, others disagree, however.
Yes, Ibuprofen wont affect the dex in any way....so, what I do is take advil for any aches/pains.
Last Friday I had a WICKED headache. We were at a friend's house, so I asked her for some Advil. She gave me 3 little white caplets, telling me they were Advils and I downed them. A few hours later, I noted my sugars were going straight up (three freakin' arrows up!), and did not stop until they hit the top (400). Holy heck! I grabbed my OneTouch and tested, and was at 150... I called her and she said oops, they were Tylenol...
So, that's first hand, recent knowledge that acetaminophen really does make the Dex go bonkers.
P.S. For my most recent transmitter placement I tried the inside of my thigh, and placed it horizontally -- ¡No bueno! My numbers are scattershot at best from that location. Back to the tummy for me for now (I don't wanna have to make my wife place them on the back of my arms... oh well).
never, never EVER just take pills that you are not SURE OF! That is a hard rule for life!
Right. Good to know. I never thought of that. (I kid)
Of course I know that, and in this case I trusted a friend to tell me correctly what they were. She got it wrong. To have questioned her about it -- are you sure? ARE YOU SURE? -- would be angling toward disrespectful, and a bit hysterical.
Let me ask you this: How many times have you ordered a diet drink from a restaurant? Do you go watch the person fill your cup? Do you ask to inspect the pipes hooked up to the machine the server is filling your cup from, to insure they did not get the pipes crossed?
Of course not. Right? At some point, you have to trust even folks like that -- whom you don't know and will never ever see again -- to be mindful of what they serve.
On more than one occasion I have been handed a full sugared drink (I always ask the server, to be sure they remembered...).
I'm sorry if my words offended you....you seem a bit peeved by my words of warning. No, I do ALWAYS watch when I am at a fast food restaurant, but you are correct in assumjing that I dont inspect the equipment to ensure that I am getting a diet soda...and I dont ask a waiter if what I ordered was a diet drink for SURE. I can usually taste that a drink is NOT sugar free, and if it does taste funny I do ask the waiter/waitress if they are certain it is a diet. If they (which they usually do) act offended I just tell them that if I have sugar I will die (usually they are not really in the knnow, so they just accept the lie). As for your friend, knowing that advil are not white, I would have asked to see the bottle.
Here is a video showing placement on the upper arm without assistance. I find this to be the most accurate site.
Upper Arm insertion