Finally! After moving to Canada in Jan 2013, I have recently been able to get back on one of the most important devices in managing my diabetes. I was able to bring a three month supply with me when I moved to Canada, but quickly ran out and the last few months have been really tough without it. For me, this is the best device in managing my diabetes. It really helps the mental fatigue and anxiety of always guessing where my blood sugar is or is going to be! Just to bring fact to what might be "my opinion", my most recent A1C was at its highest level (7.2) since I was diagnosed over 12 years ago. Damn, that means I am 30 years old now, yeeouch! However, I am confident that I will be able to get my sugars below 7.0 with the help of my Dexcom G4 by the end of summer. This is actually one of my personal 1 year health goals at work. We do vision and goal setting at work, which is helpful in setting tangible/measurable results by putting them on paper so you are accountable to yourself.
Now that I have my Dexcom back, I have found the best new spot to put it! As you can see in the picture above, the side hip/upper butt has been unnoticeable in all my daily activities, sometimes I even forget that it's there. I was heading to Cabo with a group of friends and wanted to find a discrete spot to put it. I spent a weekend at the beach and at the pool and it sat underneath my board-shorts unnoticeable, even without my shirt on, it was perfect! I'm really stoked that the accuracy was spot on the entire time and it didn't get in the way at all! I was even able to get 12 days out of that sensor too. Yes, there was a lot of food and drink consumed, but was able to keep everything in control and without any complications what so ever!
I usually put the sensor on my abdomen, but there is a lot of flexion there and causes the adhesive to peel too quickly. Another thing with putting the sensor on my abdomen was that I felt weird taking my shirt off at the beach or pool, so I felt like it was tough wearing it in the summer. It also wasn't conducive to hot yoga or doing burpees at crossfit. I have tried the back of my upper arm (tricep), but there really isn't much fatty tissue there, so it wasn't as accurate in that spot and when I put it on my lowerback/love handle area it ends up being really painful whenever I would get into my truck or laid on my back (sit ups, yoga, etc).
Below are a couple other pictures and you can see the remnants of my first sensor on my abdomen (on the left pic). My skin was usually really irritated when I took the sensor off my stomach area. The pic to the below right shows how it looked when I took the sensor off the and it was actually wayyy better too (the skin & irritation). It wasn't very itchy and my skin recovered really quickly, just a tip, tea tree (or melaleuca) essential oil always seems to help my skin when I take the sensor off.
THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE.
5/25/2014 04:46:25 pm
Thanks for the great post.
Thank you for this post. My son just started using Dexcom and did not really like it on his stomach. At first he was very insecure on the beach, not sure if it was because the transmitter could be seen or if it was worry it would come off in the ocean. When preparing for our second sensor placement I found this. He had wanted to his thigh (unapproved site). I showed him this and used your photos to place his second sensor. Just placed it now, but he is already more satisfied with the location.
1/6/2015 05:53:18 pm
1/24/2015 12:00:42 am
Great Place for bathing suit/beach. I showed my son that will be getting his Dexcom soon. Age 17. For the teen what are the best areas of the body that allow for comfort while also being discreet? I wouldn't think that this area would be good for wearing everyday under blue jeans.
1/24/2015 10:13:31 am
My eleven year old only uses this spot. He alternates sides each sensor change. The first time he had trouble catching it when taking his pants on and off but after about a week he reported no further problems. He wears it there in shorts, athletic pants and jeans. We hadn't seen this blog the first time he used his dexcom and he used his stomach. That spot caused him discomfort and would often stop reading in the night because of how he slept. This spot is a lot more consistent reading.
11/25/2016 09:12:44 pm
Thank you so much for sharing. I am trying this spot now.
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