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.