I call Dex Com any time I can't get readings! Their ads and manual say they have 24/7 tech support and they do, with knowedgible, friendly reps. Their telephone answering message discourages calling in off hours by saying tech suppport…"
"I typically leave my sensor on for at least 11-14 days. If the readings start not meshing up with my regular meter, I'll change it out on the nearer side of that.
I don't use any special tape, but use Skin-Tac when I first put the sensor…"
"I use Transpore tape by 3M from my drugstore. It sticks very tight and will last a long time. Some people are allergic to the tape. I use a Skin-Prep swab and rub it on he area where the tape is going to be placed. After drying there is a protective…"
"Thank you for all your replies.
Do I need to do anything to extend it beyond the 7 days? mine seems to shut down on its own at the end of the 7 days. I've only been using it for about 5 weeks, so I don't know that much about it."
"Amy, I have had two complications with new insertions that have gone wrong in the last six weeks. I find that much scarier than leaving it in for the second week. Specially if it has turned out to be a comfortable location.
I only found out it is…"
"I'm like you Ahmad, I go 14 days or so. I put my sensor below the waistline near my rear, kind of on the side. The point is to get it below my waistline so I get better adhesion, especially when swimming. I haven't even added any…"
"Hey Richard, You know, I find that IV3000 works wonders!! I like to cut a middle whole in the IV3000 and put it over my sensor/transmitter. The only problem is, not all insurance covers it, and the IV3000 is extremely expensive in my opinion."
"Not saying they're lying, but I do find that hard to believe. 33 days is REALLY stretching it. After awhile, your body will start fighting the sensor, because the device in itself is foreign body. Why would anyone try to test their body to…"
"Someone in here had his sensor for like 33 days, with no trouble at all. For me, as what everyone said the big problem is the adhesive will not last much. But usually I will use a sensor for 14 or more days. I will use a medical tape to stick it by…"
"Even with insurance (finally approved after almost 2 months), they are to expensive not to go a second week, so yes, I have been going a second week so far with no major trouble other than tape failure, and I to will use skin tac (soak the tape…"
"We also try to use them for two weeks. Adhesive is definitely the biggest issue, but I'm getting better at working around that by using skin tac ahead of time and then taping it down with opsite flexifix once it starts coming off. If the sensor…"
"I have never had an infection with a sensor used for 2 weeks. After about 5 days I put tape over the sensor tape, so it holds everything in place very nicely for as long as the sensor lasts. No problems!"
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