After hitting a peak of frustration with Medtronic's earlier generation "Sof-Sensor," I managed to order some of the new Enlite sensors from a company in Germany (they don't deliver to Canada, but I had a friend visiting family in Germany).
I was psyched. All the Medtronic reps I'd spoken to assured me it would be a night-and-day difference in terms of accuracy, and the reviews I'd read suggested the new model would last longer than the official 6-day period.
Well ... I've just removed my first Enlite sensor, which crapped out completely after about 6 days (following a very mediocre performance), and I'm feeling pretty underwhelmed. I should say here that I made sure to do everything by the book in terms of insertion location, calibration etc., though I did forego the inserter device (90 euros) in favour of manual insertion (quite easy and straightforward).
Anyway, the thing took more than a day to register anything close to my meter readings, and once it got itself into the right ballpark (the ballparks in question being nothing more specific than "high" or "low"), it consistently over- or under-shot (even taking into consideration the ~15-minute lag time). Nights were the worst. The sensor seemed to get stuck around 3.5 mmol (63 mg/dL) — much the way Sof-Sensors do on their last legs — and I'd end up turning it off altogether, which of course meant no coverage over the riskiest hours of the day.
Anyway, this post is obviously just a whinge-fest, but if any successful Enlite users out there have any suggestions, I'm all ears!
Waiting for the day when Dexcom and/or the Animas/Dex integration will reach Canadian soil .... :)