The G6 is definitely more violent feeling to me than the G5–over much faster, which is why I think most folks say it’s less painful, but it has an intensity the G5 didn’t necessarily have. So I’d say the quality of discomfort is different, and it depends on what quality you find more objectionable.
Have you tried numbing creams 20-30 min before using it? Like emla. Don’t know if it would help since discomfort is also below the skin, but might be worth a try. Also could your endo refer to you to a pediatric behavioral medicine specialist to maybe work with you and Samson on strategies for making it all easier? I would think that type of psychologist would exist in a large city… I have a psychologist friend at Stanford who does BMed T1D research, and I can ask her if she has suggestions in SF if you’d like.
I would expect a sensor that bloody to be useless and would immediately replace myself if I had one, so I don’t know. The handful of times I’ve had off sensors from the get-go, there has always been blood.