Bad Larry and the Dexcom.
When Chris was traveling last week, I had to install (Install? Is that the right word or does that make me sound like a TRS-80 from Radio Shack?) a new Dexcom sensor. Usually, with his help, I wear the sensor on the back of my arm and he takes care of securing it. But since I was flying solo for this installation, I decided to try a new spot.
So I slapped that bad Larry onto my right thigh.
(Note: A Bad Larry is defined by the online Urban Dictionary as "an adjective that describes something that is sweet or badass." This note is purely for FYI purposes and not to be confused with the Good Larry, aka Larry Bird.)
To be completely honest, that thing hurt like a bitch going in. Usually the arm placement for sensors doesn't hurt much at all and the whole installation process is over without much fanfare. But this thigh one made me jump and skip around cussing like Yosemite Sam (again). I immediately wanted to pull it out and put it somewhere else, but I recognize the value of these things and I did not want to waste one just because it was a stinger.
So I sucked it up and slept carefully that night, avoiding any pressure on that tender spot. Thankfully, by about noon the next day, the sensor had settled in and either took out all the local nerves (kidding) or my body finally adjusted to the placement. It was snug against my jeans and didn't create too much of a bulge.
Because I do not want a bulge in my jeans. (Hey Google - have fun with that one!)
A plus to wearing the sensor on my thigh seemed to be the lack of rubbing on the edges. Granted, the thing was ringed in blue by the sixth day due to jeans, but it stayed relatively unfrayed (that photo is from Day 6) and wasn't in the way much. A minus to this spot may have been the constant rubbing of clothes, because it crapped out on me on the evening of the sixth day, throwing a dead sensor error. Was it the rubbing that caused this, or was the sensor kaput on me too early? I'll touch base with the crew at Dexcom to see what the deal could be and I'll let you know.
But that thigh sensor was my last run with the Dexcom SEVEN system, because my new Dexcom Seven Plus arrived this week, and I'm giving that a go tonight. The upgrades are very software based, with the receiver and the sensors remaining the same size, but now there are rate of change indicators and ways to log food, exercise, etc. on the receiver, making the logbooks from Dex significantly more useful. AND there is a 1, 3, 6, 12, and 24 hour graph screen, which I'm stoked about.
More details on the Seven Plus tomorrow, but for now, I'm trying to decide where to stick that next bad Larry. ;)
(And in keeping with my full disclosure, these supplies are provided to me in accordance with my sponsorship agreement. You can also find my grinning head in their information brochure - if you dare to download.)