First, I want to say I absolutely LOVE my medtronic insulin pump. However, I have found myself not wearing my sensor at times because it can be very painful. The needle is HUGE and I don't understand how kids with T1D deal with the pain of this thing. As a 24-year-old adult I nearly cry after the needle goes in! Can anyone give advice on dealing with this?
Same here! I have a very difficult time finding fat anywhere on me!Im limited to my bottom and thighs where I have mostly muscle in those areas but more fat than in my abdomen.
I no longer use MM CGMS, have switched to the Dexcom, however, I still ice the area I am going to insert prior to the insertion - a ice cube and a paper towel to catch the drips. Then prep site as usual with alcohol wipe - you just have to make sure the area is dry (takes longer for alcohol to evaporate and the cold skin to dry) so the sensor tape sticks. Helps with bleeding too. Good luck! I agree that MM CGMS needle is huge!
Yes they are. I hate to consider Dexcom over MM just because of the insane needle and pain. I love the MM sensor and I will do whatever it takes to stop the pain so I will not have to switch! If I cant I will Just have to take the pain because I honestly cannot live without my sensor.
read and agree with a lot of what was said in the comments. I just remind myself that the lancet for testing my blood when I was first diagnosed (20+ years ago) left bruises and they called it the guillotine.. and look how far they've come.
Those of you who are lucky to have no fat in which to place the sensor, just pinch up the skin before inserting so that the canula goes under the skin and not into the muscle.