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Anyone have suggestions for where to place a Dexcom cgm sensor? I would normally use my abdomen, but because of pump sites, it's pretty beat up there. Has anyone tried the back of the arm? The idea freaks me out but I may try it.

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Tomball, TX
I love it on my arm. I hate wearing it on my abdomen

Missoula, MT
I'm 5'2" and about 100 lbs, so location is always a struggle for me. But I concur -- the back of my arm is my favorite place, and I often get a couple weeks out of my Dexcom in that location. That said, I tend to move it elsewhere in the summer as I'm not thrilled to have it be so noticeable (ie, on back side where love handles may be situated, or on outside of upper thigh). I can stick my Dex onto my arm solo, but if I want to pinch up before insertion (which I definitely do), I have to have a little help. (I tried it once solo, but it was pretty awkward.)

Columbus, OH
Kim at texting my pancreas blog has a great video tutorial about inserting your dexcom sensor into your arm solo. I tried it- very nerve wracking the first time but much easier since then! http://www.textingmypancreas.com/####/01/splenda-tastes-gross-to-me-and-its-all.html?m=1

SF, CA
Thanks so much you guys! I ended up having the nurse put the sensor on my arm for me and I was surprised by how well it went! I'm still too chicken to put it in by myself, but maybe I'll work up to it. Does anyone else get anxiety during insertion? I feel like I'm having a minor panic attack. It's lame but I don't know how to force myself to be calm. Suggestions?

Missoula, MT
I think feeling anxious is a totally reasonable response. I try to mitigate mine by having someone else (who isn't going to hesitate midstream) do the actual insertion part -- both b/c if I simultaneously do the pinch-up it distracts me a little, and it hurts less post-insertion. I tend to get anxious, which manifests itself as procrastination (finding the perfect spot, messing around w/ prep stuff, fiddling w/ adhesive, blah blah blah). So sometimes, I will plan a new insertion when I know I am under a time constraint. It gives me far less of an opportunity to freak out!

SF, CA
Thanks**** It's good to know I'm not the only one who procrastinates and gets anxiety. :) That's a really good idea about the time constraint too. The longer I think about it, the worse it gets, usually. And I have to agree, I think I may just let someone else do the insertions from now on. It's too hard to be forceful and swift with the plunger when you're shaky.

Unknown Location
I am a surfer and just started on the Dexcom. My first insertion I did with my CDE and the second one on my own. I inserted both times into the abdomen and both sensors pulled out in the water. So I am getting ready right now to insert into my thigh. I also felt a little shaky my first time and I am procrastinating putting it into my thigh right now. So thanks for not making me feel alone and weird for being hesitant. I know over time it will be so much better once I get the hang of it. Then Ill be ready to start the Omnipod!!

San Diego, CA
Though our daughter is only 6 and using dexcom for 2 years she hated getting it inserted. After the 3rd try we almost gave up using it because T1 sucks and i wasn't willing to add torture to the mix. Seriously i'm surprised the cops didn't show up during the 3rd insertion with the screaming and crying and begging. Our support rep told us about LMX numbing cream....LIFE SAVER. She can even fall asleep waiting for the cream to work and never wake up during insertion. We just moved to her arm, upper butt for 2 years has taken its toll. Was anxiety ridden for her at first but again, cream is a savior.

Unknown Location
I do my legs too

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