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Freestyle libre

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by susan96, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. susan96

    susan96 Type 1 · Member

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    Hey,

    Just looking for a bit of advice on the best way to get the sensors to stick for longer than a couple of days. Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi,

    Well, we all have our individual technique.

    Follow the destructions in the box.

    Or, I place mine inside the arm, not afraid to use a razor on stray hairs? (Though the inside arm is smooth.)
    Normally I do a change after a shower exfoliate the area the sensor is to be sited, dry. Then clean with the alcohol wipe.
    Dry again with a hairdryer. Especially in winter warming the adhesion area up.
    Prep the sensor then bang. Making sure the edges are firmly stuck down.

    I've never personally lost a sensor prematurely to date. & tested the adhesion on on for 17 days till I got bored with a 3 day dead disk.

    The above may sound like a bit of a faff. But most of the prep is done whilst bathing anyway.
    I also don't use deodorant till the sensor is in place.

    Hope this gives an insight.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I make sure I clean the area thoroughly with provided antiseptic wipes. After applying the sensor, I use a strip of kinesiology tape.
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I use a patch of Hypafix Transparent over the sensor. It's the same stuff as Tegaderm, different manufacturer.
     
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    baby_angel Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I shave the patch on my arm and then let it completely dry, clean the area with the wipes in the box and then let it completely dry. After I insert the sensor hold I it down for about 30 seconds to make sure it's properly stuck.

    I have lost one sensor but when I contacted Freestyle Libre about it they sent me a free replacement which was handy! It seems like there's a lot of trial and error getting these things to stay on unfortunately!
     
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    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think its also very related to skin type (ie, oily, dry, hairy, smooth, whatever), because for me they stick to me like superglue with very little preparation, its a challenge to get off after 2 weeks.
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Some good advice already given here. Definitely use the wipes in the box and allow to dry - fully. I use the insides of my arm as its a little flatter there. I really have to peel them off after 14 days, they stick to me like limpets
     
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    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use the wipes, then 4 layers of Cavillon spray as I am allergic to the sensor. Then cover with Opsite Flexifix with a piece of lint In the middle. Change half way through. I started doing this for swim training and even though I have not been in the pool for 4 months I still do it. I am a little rough and tend to knock them, wether on the inside or outside of arm. It’s a bit of a palaver but works well. Luckily most of our waste in Leeds is incinerated and turned into electricity. So no worries about landfill @In Response Just expense!
     
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    kev-w Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I use their wipes and put a 'Tegaderm' patch over it and I've not knocked one off yet, I've used a Miaomiao on top of that this year too.
     
  10. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Another possible option. Is this sort of reusable & washable sensor saver jobbie.
    Or in my case bespoke cut for the "bridge" of choice.. The one that came with the MM kit kept shifting with daily use..
    Removable for bathing. (or just charging the unit.)
    I've also noticed I don't get a "tide Mark" round the perimeter of the patch any more..

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    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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