So, I’m hoping I can get a little insight as to whether or not anyone else has experienced what I’ve been dealing with with my Dexcom G6 lately.
Let me first start by saying that when the sensors work (which was 100% of the time until December), I am absolutely in love with them. Recently though I’ve gone through entire months’ worth in a week’s time because of sensor failures after warm up. Thankfully technical support has been awesome and replaced all of the faulty equipment. Last night though, I went to put on a new sensor and pair a new transmitter at the same time, and had a really bloody insertion. I’m not one that gets squeamish about that normally, but it freaked me out as I had never seen one bleed so much. It covered the entire interior surface area of the sensor and I was able to dab it with a paper towel through the cradle. At this point I started to turn white from the panic and had to lay down with an ice pack. (I did notice the blood starting to dry, so I snapped in the sensor and started the pair and warmup process before lying down.) It warmed up just fine and gave readings for about 30 minutes before I started getting sensor error messages. The first was at 4:30am, then it came back and immediately shut off at 5:00am, and again at 6:30am. The last reading matched up within 2mg/dL to my backup meter, but I’m still worried I’ll need to switch the sensor already. It’s a brand new box, but I’m worried I’ll keep running into issues waiting on a replacement from Dexcom. Another couple things of note:
- All the sensor errors and failures have been 3ct boxes from my pharmacy, whereas all single boxed sensors from Dexcom have worked normally, and
- I think most of my issues are cropping up when I do an insertion on the right side of my abdomen. I only use abdomen sites and go back and forth each time (left side for 10days, then right for 10). Has anyone else experienced this? Technical support has asked me if I’m extremely thin, but I’m not. I’d say I’m average as far as that goes. I also noticed bruising around the top left corner of the sensor pad when I got up to test manually about an hour ago.
Anyway, sorry for the novel, I just wanted to make sure I got all the information out there. I’d love to hear input on the topic!
Thanks for reading!