It’s true. I’m not one to stick to the rules of anything related to medical devices… or at least, not for very long. One, being the use of my Dexcom. I am more than likely to wear a Dexcom sensor for 2-3 weeks, even though they are only approved for one week.
But with this comes two problems. One, the ickiness. Just the plain ole look that you know it’s pretty nasty and grimy to have kept one sticker stuck there for however long. You can see it becoming dirty and nasty and lifting up all around the edges. I keep cutting away at the tape as it lifts and refuses to stay down with SkinTac and I replace the tape as much as it will let me…. even down to when there is barely any tape left aside from what’s underneath the transmitter bay.
Then comes the next problem… WHEN THE FREAK DID I INSERT THIS THING??? I can barely ever remember when I change out my sensors. You would think I would keep a diary of it somehow. I need to. Because, currently, I don’t know when this one was inserted, and for some reason, I’m thinking it was a week or so after DiabetesSisters, which has been over a month ago now. And Dexcom did include a handy dandy little feature under Settings > Device Info that shows when the sensor was last inserted… but that was when you TOLD the receiver that you inserted a new sensor… when actually you’re just re-starting it…
So going by this doesn’t work either.
And I don’t think to log everything into my phone either… but I’m thinking I may have to. I need to get back to logging them into my SiteSelector app. That used to work nicely.
If you’re an extender, how do you keep up with how long you’re worn your sensors? Do you wear them til they go kaput or do you change them out every 1 or two weeks just to be on the “safer” side? If you do extend, how do you keep up with how long you’ve worn it?