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Freestyle Libre and Swimming

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Omnipod, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Omnipod

    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone wear a Libre sensor and swim?
    I would like to start swimming but dont want to take a chance incase it falls off.
    Any advice would be appreciatted.

    Thanks
     
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    pinewood Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I've had no problems at all so far :)
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    how long do you stay in the pool?
    I just had a sensor that fell off and i have 6 days left... Strange!
     
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    pinewood Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's annoying...I'm only on sensor # 2 so not much experience yet. Generally in the pool for around 30 minutes. Haven't had any problem in sauna/steam/jacuzzi either.
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    wow. How long do you sit in a steam?
    Id love to steam but always been too scared that my sensor will come off from the heat. Do you cover it?
     
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    pinewood Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No, I didn't cover it. Stayed in for about 10-15 minutes.
     
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    itconor Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    ill be heading to Florida soon think im going to cover mine with some type of waterpoof plaster just encase
     
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    pinewood Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, good idea. Try to get one big enough so that only the "pad" of the plaster covers the sensor (not the adhesive), otherwise it's easy to rip it off/dislodge it when removing the plaster.
     
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    Omnipod Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i had a swim yesterday and then steamed for about 10 mins and its all still in tact and sticking perfectly.
     
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    Pejay Parent · Newbie

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    My sons just started using a freestyle libre sensor and we are away in Spain! He's worried about swimming but we've read he can be in the water for 30 mins at a time but can't go deeper than 3 feet! Does this mean if you scuba dive or similar because all he wants to do is jump in the deep end? Any advice?
     
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    How did it go? I'm off to France soon and worried about being in the pool longer than 30mins
     
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    For my son we cotton conforming bandages from poundland over the libre then use vet wrap over the top. The vet wrap sticks to itself and the conforming bandage is softer on the skin underneath and stops the vet wrap from pulling at the libre when it is removed. We just cut off it and Swimming and make sure the libre is dried.

    Just come back from a weeks holiday and went swimming daily for an hour - hour and half and had no problems.
     
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    Nutty72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My daughter uses the libre and loves swimming it's hard to limit the amount she is in the pool. Recently in Lanzarote we cut the toes off of trainer socks and she wore it as an armband over the sensor, yes not ideal as have a load of odd socks but it really worked for us and the sensor was intact!
     
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    He had no problems thankfully and decided not to cover the sensor whilst swimming as worried about tampering with it? Home now and second change of sensor! So far so good, all seems to be working well.....delighted
     
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    Had no problems, didn't cover the sensor and tried to keep time in pool to the 30 minute guide. All worked out well....very happy with the sensor! Makes life easier for him! Good luck in France and happy holidays
     
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    Louise2016 Type 1 · Member

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    On my second sensor. I Ran and sweated with it and swam frequently with it. No problems so far.
     
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    Have swum frequently and no probe however want to swim more than 30 mins to help my blood sugar control.... any advice??
     
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    talopes Type 1 · Newbie

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    I swim 5 times a week, for more than 2 hours. Have had 2 sensors so far, and both came off when there were 6 days left. Even though the pool affects the gluey face of the sensor, the worst enemy is by far the sweat.
    Regarding solutions for swimming practice, there is a water repellant plast named Leukomed T which is very helpful and efficient.
     
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    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just found this while looking for something robust to wear when swimming.

    I have been receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for a few months and have had nearly 30 one hour sessions where the chamber is pressurised to 2 atmospheres (equivalent to 10 metres). I've had no problems with the sensors in the past (current one is doing something strange) and I didn't have to get wet.
     
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