I moved my sensor on Monday morning because I was sick of the wonky results and wanted to start fresh. (It’s going better by the way.) So there I was, standing in front of my bathroom mirror, with this in front of me.
It’s pretty daunting for the first time. It’s not a small needle that inserts the sensor wire and the fact that you have to shoot it into yourself at high speed at a 45 degree angle makes me nauseous. But – onward! I need to figure this out.
I load the sensor into the blue gun (because I have no other adequate description for it). This is after I drop the sensor about 3 times trying to remember how to load it into said gun. Sigh. If I didn’t observe the 5 second rule, I’d probably be out a whole box of sensors by now. (Shh…)
Anyway, peeling away the tape replays the Metronic reminder video in my head. “Don’t insert the sensor at any more than a 60 degree angle, for it could cause bleeding and discomfort.” Fine, whatever. I suck at geometry so it’s all going to hell anyway.
The loaded gun replays another image in my head – the one my trainer gave me.
Oh – hey, the sensor kit looks like a hummingbird and you have to make sure the head is loaded properly before inserting.
Well, that’s a nice pleasant image right? A pretty, calm hummingbird that’s about to be jammed into your abdomen? Psh. Honestly, I think it looks like this.
See? Waaaaayyy more accurate.
And for good reason.
Despite my best efforts, my hand jumped slightly upon insertion, thus resulting in more than a 45 degree angle at placement, bleeding and the sensation that I’m being poked whenever I bend in half. (And I’m a dancer… we do things like that. A lot.)
I need more practice.
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Eek, that sounds awful! You are so brave! *hugs* Hope you feel better soon!
Thanks Rara! 🙂
I always do it exactly at a 45-degree angle. That’s the way the feet are on the inserter, and that’s how it’s most stable. But it was terrifying at first; I can’t tell you how hard it was to press that white button! Learning how to remove the sensor from the inserter was the next trick…
But, with practice, it gets easier.
The removing part was fairly comfortable this time around. I guess it will depend on how much it hurts and how urgently I want to get the needle out.