"If its the old ones you're using, they come with a long blue inserter and are put in at an angle. It really was like a harpoon. The new Enlites have a grey/dark blue inserter that fires in vertically. Pics here…"
"Have you tried the Enlite sensors from Medtronic? They've got rid of the harpoon insertion that the old ones use, and go in vertically like a Quickset. The needle is much smaller and I rarely have one that hurts when it goes in now. I wear mine…"
"AC I agree with you that we need to raise awareness of CGM - my care team had barely used one until I started using one, and they certainly learned about the benefits of it from my experience.
How do you decide that they're too expensive for…"
"Hi. CGMS works by placing a sensor under your skin (I wear mine in my stomach or back) which monitors the levels of glucose in your intistitial fluid (fluid just under your skin). You wear a small transmitter attached to the sensor and that sends…"
"I get the best results when I use my lower back (between my waistband and the bottom of my bra, wherever I can pinch a bit of fat). I insert it myself there by twisting round, or it is easier if you get get someone to do it for you. I also use my…"
"Helene, attitudes to pumping sadly do see to vary hugely, but the good news is the the medical guidelines are pretty clear so it's easy for you to determine whether you meet them. Then the next step is to identify a hospital that has a better…"
"I'd look for a new consultant. The financials are not his concern. He should make a medical judgement on whether you need the kit based on recommendations from NICE. Your primary care trust (for now, although this is changing) make the decision…"
"Chris, I've had T1 for 26 years, diagnosed aged 4. I've had the pump and CGM for 3 years.
I agree with Holger that even without a pump CGM could be worth a try to identify any problems you might be able to fix with MDI. Most hospitals…"
"Hi Chris. We do have CGM here in the UK - Dexcom, Medtronic Guardian and I'm pretty certain the Abbott Navigator is out here too. I've used Medtronic CGM combined with a pump for 3 years and love it. The NHS are very unwilling to fund it…"
That's a lot of questions! I'll try and answer a few of them.
If you are approved for a pump the pump supplies are provided at no additional cost (I don't use the word free because we do pay on average around £1800…"
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