Tuesday, July 19, 2011

When Sensors Go Wrong

I'll admit that I love having CGMS. But it has it's down sides as well. One of the things I hate is that the needles are so long. Another thing is that they aren't more accurate. Over time, I've found the best place for me to insert my sensor is on my thighs. My stomach just can't handle it. But with inserting them on my thighs, I've had some scar tissue build up in the past several years. As a result, sometimes my sensors don't want to go in as easily as they should.

Last week I was putting in a new sensor when I go the typical "thunk" that I get when I know I'm going to have to either take the needle (that's part way in) out and reinsert it, or that I'm going to have to push it in the rest of the way by hand. Either way, I HATE it when that happens.

The weird thing about this specific time when I was inserting was that I just felt like something was off with the needle. When I looked, I saw this:

I know it can be a little hard to see, but basically, the sensor that is encased in the needle for insertion purposes was sticking out slightly at the tip. Basically, it was bent out over the edge of the needle, making it impossible to finish the insertion process. Luckily I got a new sensor out and was able to insert it easily, but I'd never had anything like that happen before in all my years of CGMS usage.

Anyone else had this experience??


Colleen said...

I'm just on my second sensor so, nope, haven't seen that.

jacquie said...

About a year ago I had a sensor where the little wire was bulging out of the top of the needle, closer to the base. (It's hard to explain.)

Call Minimed and tell them what's up. You can send it back and they'll send you a new one.

Valerie said...

I haven't experienced that, but I did just write a post where I had trouble inserting 2 different sensors (didn't go in all the way). I think I was making my skin too flat instead of just inserting. I would call your medical company and let them know!

The DL said...

Hm I have never had that happen...I do have other issues with my sensors though, so it doesn't surprise me. But def call Minimed!! They might send you new ones

Karen said...

Aaahhh, that freaks me out!!!! I never even look at the needle before I put it in the inserter - but you'd better believe I'm going to start now!!