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Libre sensor removal

Discussion in 'Benefits' started by charliebarker, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. charliebarker

    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Am I being a wuss (or an idiot!) But how do you remove the freestyle libre sensor - just pull?? Can't find any instructions anywhere and mine seems welded on!
     
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    eventhorizon Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  3. Scott-C

    Scott-C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you're being a wuss! What works for me is, instead of trying to rip the plaster off, just start teasing the sensor off the plaster, should pull off ok after a while leaving the plaster in place, then you can roll the plaster off. Some people do it in the shower as a bit of soap and water helps out if it's really sticky.
     
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  4. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @charliebarker . You would appear to be very lucky, most users find they fall off rather to easily.
     
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  5. charliebarker

    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Only had it on for 48 hours as it was a dud one and needs to be sent back.
     
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  6. charliebarker

    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Not as wussy as you think! Managed it quite easily now I had the confirmation to just pull it off! I was just concerned I might be doing it wrong!
     
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  7. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I find the adhesive to be the stickiest thing I have ever encountered! I need an awful lot of oomph to get the little so-and-sos OFF!

    Sorry to hear you've had a dud, @charliebarker .
     
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  8. charliebarker

    charliebarker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, although they're replacing it without question......re the stickiness, that's why I was worried I was doing it wrong! It was like superglue! Managed it eventually though! Thank god I'd only have to do it once a fortnight!
     
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  9. Scott Taylor

    Scott Taylor Type 1 · Member

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    You can get a medical grade adhesive remover called ‘PeelEasy’ from the doctors on prescription.
     
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  10. christine1974

    christine1974 Type 1 · Member

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    How do you guys get these things to stick in the first place? I've gone through four sensors in ten days, every time I run and sweat they drop off me- same with my omnipod. I've ordered skin tac from us but Abbott say not to use it
     
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    jimbaxter Type 1 · Member

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    I find they are easier to remove after the 14 days. When they fail after a day they are much stickier.

    I remove them by teasing around the edge of the tape first then the rest comes off.
     
  12. drew900uk

    drew900uk · Member

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    Yup. Just get a hold of the adhesive ring and prize it off in one fell swoop. Not that bad really (although I’ve got hairy arms!)
     
  13. Jovifreak

    Jovifreak · Member

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    I got mine 2 weeks ago and the libre rep recommended skin tac
     
  14. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a beautiful assistant to pull my sensor off my arm. :cool:
    It does take quite a lot of pulling, though, then suddenly goes. :)
    I put Kinesiology tape over the top of the sensor to stop it coming off.
    I've never lost one, but I feel more comfortable (less paranoid) with a secure covering.
    I use two strips at right angles in a cross. the strip underneath, I leave the backing on the middle bit so the tape doesn't stick to the sensor.
    This means that if the tape gets tatty I can renew it without risking the tape pulling the sensor off.
     
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    johnb46 · Member

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    Hi CharlieBarker (looks like you made great progress; if only I can too.). In your post, you said you had to send back a dud sensor: who did you send it back to?
    Reason for asking: I fitted my first sensor a couple of days ago and it made one reading before dying - 'sensor is ended'. The people I bought it from don't want to know ...
     
  16. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    Hi @johnb46

    You’ve replied to a very old thread and it looks like charliebarker hasn’t been around on the forum for a while.

    Who did you buy the sensor from? Abbott are very good about replacing failed sensors bought direct from them, but I’m not sure whether they do this with sensors bought elsewhere. Would be worth giving them a call.
     
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  17. Ushthetaff

    Ushthetaff Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well there are a few ways to get them off
    ( 1) give it a gentle pull
    I just get the adhesive strip and peel it
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    (2) rub your arm against a door frame or catch it it a t shirt or a piece of clothing it’ll come off nae bother
     
  18. sorinz55

    sorinz55 · Newbie

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    Can i remove temporarily my FreeStyle Libre 14 day Sensor and reattach it back a while later?
     
  19. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    No. Once you remove it that’s it.
     
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