How to Change the Sensor to Your Continuous Glucose Monitor
Last night I had to change the sensor to my CGM. I was dreading it. 1. because the needle is huge and 2. because the needle is huge. I hate those freakin' needles seriously someone needs to do something about that.
Anyway, I went step by step. Did exactly what my CDE explained to me a week earlier at my CGM training. I remembered it all. I even remembered to take off the needle guard! In training I almost forgot that part. That could have hurt.
I got out the injector and put the sensor inside
Then I alcohol swabbed my skin
got the injector ready to pierce the skin
Pulled out the needle
after I pulled out the needle my sensor looked like this
Ok, What the? I did everything correctly...
It was 130am and I actually decided to call Minimed to see if this was normal and if I should leave it in or take it out. Sensors are not cheap. I really didn't wan't to take it out if I didn't have to.
The MM tech told me that If I would have applied pressure right away the bleeding wouldn't have schpoozed out the way it did and I could have left it in but, of course the Tech told me I had to pull it out and yes, I wasted a sensor.
Ugh. Whatever. I didn't get upset just a little annoyed, because I wanted to have a perfect sensor changing record and it was already screwed up on the FIRST ATTEMPT!! LOL
I was proud of myself regardless, because I was scared and I got through it! The second attempt went much better!
The pictures look a lot scarier than it actually was.