Opsite Flexifix: You Can Stick Around.
A few days before I headed to San Diego, I slapped on a new Dexcom sensor. And when I was ready to fly out on Sunday morning, I noticed that the edges of the sensor adhesive were peeling back. I casually mentioned this to a new acquaintance of mine, and she immediately started talking about "optiflex something tape?" and suddenly, a patch of it appeared from the depths of her purse.
Which is how I ended up at a conference with my pant leg hitched up to my hip, asking an almost-stranger to tape down the edges of my medical device.
But this stuff? Works. Like proverbial gangbusters. That Dexcom sensor was on its second-to-last day, and it made it another nine days before the results started to wonk out on me. (NO I am not advocating that you restart your sensors and try to get more life out of them. I'm simply saying that the tape helps keep your sensor stuck firmly for seven days. I just happened to get mad lazy with this one and left it on longer than recommended. YDMV.)
I ordered mine from Amazon, and when it arrived, it was in a nice, little tight roll (not this kind of tight roll) with a light green grid on the outside of the tape. My current Dexcom sensor is on its third day, so I thought I'd slap a little tape on it. I rolled out a short length (enough to cover the sensor edges fully) and cut out a center square (Jim! J! Bullock!) to accommodate the transmitter:
On one side of the tape, it says "REMOVE FIRST." I can take a hint; so I pulled that side of the tape off first and stuck it to my thigh (around the sensor).
Then I pulled the grid layer off, which left a flexible, bandaid-esque cover (cover band?) over my entire sensor. It was a little clumsy for me to put on, because the tape is super-sticky and trying to settle it down is like keeping a length of saran wrap from getting all lumpy. But now it's on, and I don't feel it or notice it, and hopefully it will keep the sensor stuck fully and happily.
Opsite Flexifix didn't ask me to write about this. They didn't send me free stuff (but if they'd like to credit my Amazon account so I can buy more ribbons for the baby's hair, that would be badass), and they have no idea I've mentioned their product on my site. But I had to: that one good turn in San Diego deserved another. And this Optimus Prime tape stuff rules.