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Dexcom hurting after insertion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sarah May 14, 2013. 6 Replies

My 10 year old daughter has been using the Dexcom G4 since September. For the past several months we've been placing the sensor in the back of her arm. Last week when I inserted a new one she…Continue

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Type 1 diagnosed 8 months ago, still not using insulin...

Started this discussion. Last reply by TuDiabetes Administration Nov 18, 2011. 136 Replies

My eight-year-old daughter was diagnosed in March, 2011 with Type 1. When she was diagnosed she was put on four insulin shots per day. After returning from vacation in June I decided the family…Continue


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Shana replied to Leigh's discussion 'CGM Tips and Has It Given You Peace of Mind?' in the group parents of kids with Type 1
"Leigh, My 11 year old, diagnosed at 8, has been using the Dexcom for at least 2 years now. I cannot tell you how much piece of mind it brings me. I can actually sleep through the night! When she plays sports, swims, has friends over, etc I can just…"
Jan 24, 2014
Shana replied to Mikki's Mama's discussion 'Insulin Choice' in the group parents of kids with Type 1
"We have used Humalog, Novolog and Apidra in my daughter's Animas Ping without issue. We prefer Apidra but Humalog would be our second choice."
Jan 7, 2014
Shana replied to aimeeh2oski's discussion 'Pros and Cons of CGM for Small Child' in the group parents of kids with Type 1
"I completely agree with what both Mary and raisingainsley had to say about the CGM. My 10 year old daughter has an Animus pump and the G4. When she insists on a "dexcom break" I get no sleep! I hate it. The G4 is quite accurate and leaps…"
Sep 10, 2013
Shana replied to Holly's discussion 'CGM Issues' in the group parents of kids with Type 1
"My daughter uses the Dexcom so I can't comment on most of your issues but as far as the tape ripping her skin off, that was always the WORST part for my daughter until we started using Unisolve. Have you tried that? It's a lifesaver for…"
Jul 22, 2013
Sarah replied to Shana's discussion 'Dexcom hurting after insertion'
"Dex really isn't meant to wear on arms or legs, although some do. I too am very lean with a lot of muscle, both sensors failed with my arms and legs. Insertion often does hurt a bit. Vertical insertion, if using arms - legs. If using torso,…"
May 14, 2013
Shana replied to Shana's discussion 'Dexcom hurting after insertion'
"Tia, This is interesting because I was wondering if it was hitting muscle. Her arms seem to be more lean with more muscle due to all the gymnastics she's doing. When you say "tilt it back" how exactly do you do that. Do you stick it…"
May 14, 2013
Alicia replied to Shana's discussion 'Dexcom hurting after insertion'
"Could be scar tissue ...try massaging it and leaving those areas alone for a few weeks if possible."
May 11, 2013
Kate replied to Shana's discussion 'Dexcom hurting after insertion'
"I've had a couple that kept hurting and, like your daughter, I take them out. No reason to be uncomfortable :) I don't have much advice about placement as I use my arm for my pump and avoid it for the dexcom. Good luck in finding real…"
May 11, 2013
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Dexcom hurting after insertion

My 10 year old daughter has been using the Dexcom G4 since September. For the past several months we've been placing the sensor in the back of her arm. Last week when I inserted a new one she complained that it hurt several minutes after I inserted it. She said every time she moved her arm it hurt. She decided to tough it out and went to school. By noon she called me telling me it still hurt so I told her to go ahead and take it out.A couple days later we tried again but put it in the other…See More
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Shana replied to c.schambers's discussion 'How does your child carry their Pump?' in the group parents of kids with Type 1
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Ten months post Type 1 diagnosis and still off insulin

It is highly unusual that Kendal is still not on insulin, 10 months after diagnosis. A lot of people ask me about this so I thought I would write about it this week. More
Feb 2, 2012
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Ten months post Type 1 diagnosis and still off insulin

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 3:01pm 0 Comments

It is highly unusual that Kendal is still not on insulin, 10 months after diagnosis. A lot of people ask me about this so I thought I would write about it this week.

Oh the things I've learned

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 8:27am 1 Comment

And continue to learn! I feel like I've just "dipped my toe" into the world of diabetes management and trying to keep it all in balance will be a huge challenge.

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At 9:56am on November 21, 2011, Kate said…

Hi Shana - I just wanted to drop you a note to say that I was dxd at age 15 (back in the mid-90's). My mom thought I had a UTI and took me to the drs. That's where they diagnosed T1. I was put on Regular and NPH insulins. I was taking about 2 units of NPH and 1 unit of Regular twice a day. Looking back, I'm pretty sure that I could have gone without insulin if my diet were lower carb or low gi. I believe that the endo put me on that regimen to get me used to shots and the whole process so that when my honeymoon eventually ended I would just increase my rates and be "good to go".

You made a comment about "grieving" all over again when your daughter starts insulin again. I think that is an apt comparison. I know that I grieved over what was lost. I hope that you are able to find hope and peace in the midst of these ever changing times. I see many similarities to your daughter's story and my own. I wish you both the best and hope that you continue to share your journey with this community.

At 3:14pm on November 20, 2011, Doris D said…

You do what u must. I just read through the whole Forum discussion. I was diagnosed with Type 1 at 10 & my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 at 11. Like Judith I hope u won't let a few outdo the good of more.U have a beatiful daughter keep on doing as u need to and all of us will be back here encourging u alone.

At 6:20am on November 19, 2011, BadMoonT2 said…

Forgot to mention, my daughter used to live in Loveland and now resides in Greeley. Beautiful area of the country, I read about geology a lot, so when I visit I'm in hog heaven.

At 6:17am on November 19, 2011, BadMoonT2 said…

Shana, Although I did not participate in your recent discussion I have read through all of it. I think you are doing exactly the right thing, and you seem to realize that at some point diet will stop working on its own. By doing frequent testing you are insuring that when your daughter needs a change in treatment you can do so quickly. I have noticed that when flame wars start here the instigator usually has an ax to grind and does not take the time to read and understand the posts. You handled the attacks with grace and never lost you cool, kudos to you.

I hope you will not let this bad experience discourage you from further participation in TuD. If you disregard the flame war, I think you got some excellent advice. Actually this forum is generally characterized by tolerance and respect for the views of others. In my experience posters who go off the rails and attack others soon either leave on their own or are banned. I myself am a T2 who is a confirmed low carber(T2 nutjob?) but I try to be a nutjob who respects the views and experiences of others. Best of luck to you and your daughter

At 10:18am on November 18, 2011, Scott E said…

Shana, just wanted to write you a note and wish you luck in finding the advice you are seeking. That question you posted got way out of control (through no fault of your own), and I must say I've never seen a response anything like it. I sure hope you don't give up on TuDiabetes as a result. You may have seen my comment on page 9, but as I read through this discussion, I can't help but be impressed at how much you know and understand about diabetes and health-management in general! For someone who's dealt with this for only 8 months, you sure are smart! I'm sorry I can't relate and offer you the specific advice you're seeking, but I do hope you find someone who can, and I wish you and your daughter all the best - in health and in life.

At 4:11am on November 18, 2011, Donna H said…

Hi Shana, saw what happened on the discussion you posted. Had to stop by here to share that the tone some of the people took there is not the norm for this place. Not sure what stirred up those few -- a full moon perhaps. :) Also, wanted to laud you for how you are managing your daughter's disease. This is tough stuff! And i think you are absolutely spot on by doing what you can to extend the honeymoon period. The diabetes/celiac combo makes it all the tougher to manage. The things you are doing now to really understand the nutrition and manage the disease so triumphantly is going to be a benefit to your daughter for the rest of her life. She's clearly got an amazing mom!

At 4:43pm on November 16, 2011, Donna H said…

Welcome to TuDiabetes! Check out some of the groups -- it's a great way to get to know the community.

At 10:03am on November 15, 2011, Marie B said…

here's a discussion on MODY

let me know if you'd like any more links.

At 8:43am on November 15, 2011, Doris D said…

WELCOME TO ONE OF THE GREATEST FAMILIES YOU WILL EVER MEET MY FRIEND!!!! WE'RE GLAD YOU JOINED US!!!!!!!!!! Please introduce yourself on our forum. Questions??? Just ask one of us or post it on our forum and you will get many answers there.

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At 1:24am on November 15, 2011, brokenpole said…

Welcome to the family! On this forum you will learn so much. Most of all you will learn that you are not alone. Everyone here is supportive and will provide answers to your questions. Search the site for answers. Read the discussions and blogs for information. There are videos to help you understand diabetes and its treatment. Most of all there is family to talk to and even to vent to, if needed. Welcome home.




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