I inserted a new glucose sensor today and as soon as I pulled the needle out, it began to gush up through the site and all over the place. I put pressure on it for about 10 minutes and managed to stop the bleeding, and because it says some bleeding is to be expected sometimes, I attached the sensor and went on my way. Well about 7 hours later, I checked it again and it must have started bleeding again because it went through the adhesive tape and all over my shirt. In addition, I had been getting wildly inaccurate readings throughout the day (i.e. pump flipping out that I was 45 and dropping when a meter says I’m at 135.) which made me suspect that some blood had congealed inside the sensor tube and it wasn’t getting fresh fluid.
So I guess my question is, how much blood is too much? I’m afraid to waste the sensors, but if I can’t stop the bleeding/it doesn’t become more accurate after numerous calibrations, I should pull it and put in a new one, right? Other than pressing on it, is there any other way to prevent/slow bleeding?
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