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The key is location, location, location.



I characterized Arden’s first week using the DexCom Seven Plus as, “bumpy” but “encouraging”.  I didn’t know what to expect going forward, especially after the next sensor that we tried experienced an error and failed.  I’m here to tell you that week two, in a word, was “perfect”.


After I found a better location on Arden to insert her next sensor everything was perfect.  Great trends followed and we consistently saw numbers that were close to those on ourOmniPod meter, I couldn't have asked for more.  The only time that we thought about the sensor was when Arden went swimming.  She swam twice the week before and the adhesive on the Dex sensor gave out.  This time I just covered it with some ‘Second Skin’ to keep it dry and we didn’t have a problem.


I haven’t experience this level of stress reduction in relation to Arden’s type I since we found the OmniPod.  On their own these two products are a diabetes management need, together they are indescribably irreplaceable.  Vanilla and chocolate, Batman and Robin, you can pick your own metaphor.  I’ll just say this, “perfect!”.



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I am glad everything is going smooth.  Will you be able to continue with the cgm even after you complete your study?  What sites have you used and how is Arden with putting it in?  I heard from an adult it was pretty painful putting in but curious how Arden is.
Friday, June 11, 2010 - 06:31 PM
No study, this is Arden's own CGM.  We have had threepainless insertions so far.
Friday, June 11, 2010 - 10:42 PM
Sorry my last reply wasn't complete.  Arden is wearing the sensor on the back side of her hip. Tough for me to explain but the sensor inserts into her buttocks.  My experience is limited but so far I would say it only hurts if you don't pick a good location (not fatty enough).

That a side, the ability to watch rising and falling BGs far outweighs any cons associated with the sensor (if there are any).  I would totally recommend the 7+.
Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 09:25 AM
Julia's Grandmother
Julia went on the Medtronic cgm two weeks ago.  We cannot imagine not having it either.  Our stress level has been reduced somewhat, since we can now see the upward and downward trends. It is great to be able to see every 5 minutes what is happening. Julia is a trooper (just like your Arden) and hasn't complained about another device being attached to her.  I know some people have had trouble with the cgm's.  But, so far, it is working great for us --  we believe this is attributed to doing the calibration at the right time (as you know, when the numbers are stable). Oh, also a quick note, the pictures of Arden for the hospital were beautiful.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 12:58 PM



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