Just got off the help line and was told something I have never heard before. Tha lady told me that when I remove a sensor, it should be straight. Any appreciable bend will upset the readings...Really??
I cannot recall EVER seeing one of these things come out dead straight, they are always bent; some more than others, even the one that the Medtronics Rep inserted for me. I try to make sure that I insert them at approx 45 to 60 degrees or so. My abdomen gives me the worst results.
Has anyone else been told this same story?
Are your sensors straight, when removed? If not, how much of a bend is tolerable?
Thansk for your help.
i have not heard anything like that from my pump trainer or from Medtronic. interesting to see if a bend would make any difference.
I always figured that mine were bent a little due to the way that I removed them. I mean, unless you're obsessively careful taking them out, how can you tell how straight they were?
I would believe that the straightness of a sensor in the body would make a difference though, although I wouldn't want to guess about how much. Those things are ridiculously delicate.
Yes, I've heard that they should be straight. When I remove mine, they rarely are, but I don't know if that's happening when I remove it or what. That said, I have no idea why it would matter.
If you use the inserter, you should be fine. I think straightness is part of the reason they discourage manual insertion.
Mine are typically fairly straight with a slight bend. Wish they would post a photo of what it "should" look like because my interpretation of straight might not be at all. If you don't use your abdomen for the sensor, where do you place them and is it comfortable?
The place that seems to work best is in the upper regions of my buttocks. I try for just below the belt line, clear of the back pockets of my jeans. I have tried my thighs, but not so good as I am a long distance runner and so don't have much padding there.
good idea. I'll suggest that when I call them tonight, about another 'sensor issue; not recording really low values in its history'
Do you mean if you're below 40? Mine just says "BELOW 40" when I upload the data. Or are you having issues with values above 40 not recording? Can you please share what they say about the low values? I've wondered about that (especially overnight when I'm dropping pretty low).
That "below 40" is the same as I get. The problem i recently had was that mine dropped to 28, (yes, that was a 2 & an 8)But the CGM never recorded below 74. I was scared out of my wits. That is exactly the kind of thing I bought this gadget to warn me about.
I know what you mean! I've been going in the 30's at night lately and I'm brain fogged in the middle of the night from being tired and low. I am crossing my fingers the Enlite sensors get FDA approved SOON. If this going low undetected is becoming a regular problem, I would suggest adjusting your parameters. Meaning, if you have it set right now to signal when you're 60 or below, bump it up to signal when you're at 75 or 80. I have mine set as a low at 80 because of the delay in your interstitial fluid that seems to be a good threshold for me. Sometime's its sounding off alarms and I'm at 85 or something, but usually that means I'm a short trip away from low. Just a suggestion though. Have you called minimed back yet?
Yes that's about right. I have my parameters set at 80 and 180, and some nights it just drives me nuts as it warns about "predicted lows". I have called Medtronci so often that we are on a first name basis and I have a specific person assigned to my case. I'd encourage everyone to call as often as you encounter difficulties; they will not be under pressure to change if you don't make noise! The more calls, the better.
Never heard that one.