Hi All. I've been using Medtronic pumps for almost 25 years. I tried the Medtronic CGM about 4 years ago, but I hated all the alarms constantly. I have just gotten a new CGM and have a appt with the Medtronic rep in mid-December to give it another try. One of the things that concerns me is that I will be spending so much time making sure everything is working. I'm so used to just living my life, testing my blood (7-9X/day) and keeping in relatively good control. But reading all the info on setting up the CGM, calibrating, etc., etc., I'm concerned that I'll be at work and that darn alarm will go off to remind me to calibrate, or something else. The beauty of the pump has been that I don't have to worry what time it is or if I need to eat because it's lunchtime. I can skip meals if I so choose. Someone please tell me that I'm going to appreciate the CGM once I get it going. Thanks.
Thanks for your reply, Diabetic Runner83. My first CGM sensor stayed in 6 days, the second one has been in 5 days. I noticed there was a little blood when I inserted the needle, but the rep said that's OK. I'll change my sensor tomorrow. She also recommended that I remove the needle BEFORE removing the tape--just get that needle out ASAP. So far, no pain with needle insertion or removal. I'm doing the 60 degree angle as well. I'm still testing frequently; I'm a bit OCD on that! Really, though, that helps keep my blood sugars and A1c's in the normal range because I make changes before it's too late. My rep alluded to information on the new needle too, but she was not at liberty to say much about it. She said it was good that I initially got only 10 sensors to start out, which means the new one should be coming out SOON. Keeping fingers crossed. Talk to you soon.