My name is Clemma and I am writing about my experience with the Dexcom Seven continuous glucose monitoring system. I live in Minneapolis with my young son and my not so young husband. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 11 years ago, when I was almost 21 years old. I started pumping 7 years ago, first with a Minimed 508, then an Animas IR1200, and now with the OmniPod. Friday, June 29 I hooked up to my newest constant companion, the one and only Comrade Dex...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Stupid User Experience: Changing insulin pump site

Here is a tidbit of advice. When you are in a hurry to change your insulin pump setting, take the time to LOOK at it before you reach down and pull it out. Examine the site. Verify that there is a tube leading from the site you are about to rip out, and that this tube is attached to your insulin pump. If there is no tubing, and if there is a small black transmitter where no small black transmitter should be, this means you had better stop your hand before you make an expensive mistake. Yesterday I was in a rush, reached down and ripped out the site with nary a glance. You guessed it, it took my addled brain a few seconds to realize that I had just ripped out my Dexcom sensor, only on day 3 and until that moment functioning very well with excellent accuracy. "Ooops" does not describe the extent of my self-loathing for the next 30 minutes. I have one more sensor left and currently cannot afford to re-order. I haven't decided yet if I will put the new one in now, or wait the remaining 7-9 days I expected to get out of the poor sensor that died an untimely death.

Moral of this story: Look before you rip.

5 comments:

Bernard said...

Clemma

Sorry to hear that, what a pain. I've not had this problem...yet!

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Bob Hawkinson said...

That would be one of those 60 dollar whoops-es. I'll keep my eye out so as not to do the same...
cheers....Bob

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