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New to dexcom

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Njacks, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Njacks

    Njacks New Member

    Dec 3, 2017
    Hello! We are new here. We have been pumping for 9 years, with the ping. Our DS was DX at two in 2008. Recently switched to tandemx2 with the dexcom his numbers have been so much better! However he does not like the sensor its like he is mad at it. Doesn't want it in.
    Has anybody dealt with this or have tips for us to help him adjust?
  2. johnyaya

    johnyaya Approved members

    Aug 6, 2016
    Is it painful or irritating to him?

    We've always placed the sensor on the back of the arms, at the fattiest part, rotating from one arm to the other. During insertion, we pinch up a fair amount of fatty skin, and angle the inserter to be more horizontal to the arm, so as to reduce the penetration depth into the skin. This helps insure that the sensor does not penetrate all the way into muscle, and stays in the fatty part.

    If the insertion routine is troublesome, we've found that we can simply restart the transmitter for a second week on the same sensor, eliminating half of the insertions. Some people have been able to go several weeks on a single sensor, but we've never gotten more than 13-14 days before the sensor fails.
  3. MomofSweetOne

    MomofSweetOne Approved members

    Aug 28, 2011
    How do you have the alarms set? We have most of the rising and falling alerts turned off, with the exception of the fastest fall. There's just too much electronic stimulation sometimes, and we were warned to keep all but the essential off so that the kid doesn't begin to tune out any and all alarms. It was wise advice.

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