So, anyone who read my most recent blog knows that I am on the verge of getting a Dexcom with my own money because the government nor my work benefits cover it (and I am part of a union so can't easily appeal because the coverage is based on what the union bargains...ugh).
Anyway, due to the issues I have with being allergic to practically everything, I'm going to take a test run before forking over almost $2,000. The local Animas rep will lend me a transmitter and receiver if I purchase a sensor. Regardless of whether I get to keep the transmitter/receiver for two weeks (ideal), I plan to keep the sensor in for two weeks because this is what my endocrinologist suggested since I'll be paying myself.
I'm allergic to Comfort infusion sets (and other ones with plastic last I checked, though I haven't tried any recently) and also to the metal in the Contact-Detach sets I use. My endocrinologist has basically prescribed me to chnage sets every 24 hours, though I can go longer maybe 50% of the time, though sets are always itchy and irritated to some degree by the time I remove them (I can put up with itching as long as they don't start to die early). I also get irritation from the adhesive, and Tegaderm, and Skin Tac... My concern isn't irritation - that I can live with - but rather that, just as irritation under the skin leads to my infusion sets dying, irritaiton under the skin might lead to the sensors dying early. Which would be VERY expensive!
I'm also unnerved because I joined a Dexcom group on Facebook and am seeing a LOT of posts about sensors causing irritaiton and allergies.
I want to give this trial my best shot. If the sensor lasts more than a week with little or no signs of irritaiton, I'll go for it. If it dies early or gets incredibly irritated, I'll really rethink whether I want to chance buying it and having it not work for me.
Any tips/tricks for wearing the sensors with as little irritation as possible (not including Skin Tac or Tegaderm or whatever adhesive is used for infusion sets)? And any other things I should try or do while I have this trial unit?