My husband has been using dexcom for over a year now, successfully. He had knee replacement 3 weeks ago. Twice since then he has removed the whole shebang in his sleep. He’s using one of the amazon overpatches that is VERY sticky and hard to remove. But somehow he’s peeling it off and pulling it out- we have found them on the nightstand both times.
I’m at my wit’s end- what can I do to protect it? He doesn’t like sleeping in a tshirt. I suspect his sleep is not normal right now, so possibly it will stop. I hope so! Thanks for your advice.
Thanks for the location suggestions. I thought they were supposed to go on the abdomen so glad to be finding out that other locations work too.
We have the dexcom brand overpatches too but we didn’t discover that they would send them free until we already had the amazon ones. He’s used them for awhile now. It’s just weird that he hasn’t done it in a year and now he’s done it twice in a week.
These can help keep the sensor from being knocked off your arm. I use them on my libre, but I see no reason why they wouldn’t work as well on a Dexcom. Not cheap, but not terribly expensive, and they do seem to be effective at increasing overall adhesion.
@mam11 If you look thru many of the posts here at FUD, you’ll find folks have used just about every possible place on the body there’s likelihood of som fatty tissue (and some there isn’t) vice muscle tissue. Examples: calfs (sides, back), thighs (outside, inside, front, back), butt, back (got to be a contortionist or have help), shoulder, and upper arms (inside, outside, back). Haven’t heard of anyone doing forearms (bet someone has though), feet, hands, necks or heads…yet! Hey! Give it time…
Hope you find a location that works, and if/when you do, please let us all know!
I wear my G6 on the back of my arm now., but wore them on my abdomen for some time. Even with an over patch, there tend to be edges of the sensor that can still be caught … with the end result of “scraping off” a patch.
As someone suggested, wearing an ace bandage wrap can, in effect, smooth out the “sharp edges” of a sensor making it less likely to scrape off. There are also a variety of neoprene waist band products that can cover your sensor and abdomen and reduce the likelihood of scraping off a sensor.