When Samson switched to the G6, he was having trouble with the sensor when it was on his arm. The data was cutting out for a few hours, it was giving sensor errors pretty much the moment his head hit the pillow for significant portions of the night, and it never lasted the 10 days.
We solved the problem by putting it on his belly. Data was instantly better, and when the sensor sticks to his body, it lasts the full 10 days. However, IT NEVER STICKS TO HIS BODY. By day 2 it’s peeling up on his belly and it often is completely done for by day 3 or 4. I think part of the problem is that on his belly, he’s tempted to fiddle with it, and because it’s itchy and irritating when the edges peel up, I think he’s scratching under the lifted edges.
But this means we’re doing sensor changes every three or four days, which is just unsustainable. It’s painful for him, it means more adhesive stuck all over his body, and it’s annoying to be calling Dexcom every three days to ask for a replacement.
So I’m wondering if anyone else has suggestions for other body parts to place the sensor – ideally one that’s not easily accessible to him? I don’t think the upper booty (the other portion approved for Dex) is going to work because he slides on things, and is still young enough I think it could snag on stuff pretty easily when he’s going to the bathroom or changing clothes.
But what other spots might work? Thigh? Could upper back/shoulder work? We’re getting desperate here for a setup that’s going to last more than 3 days. Going back to the arm means I’m up for large swaths of the night with no data, so I’m really hoping for something better.
The other possibility I thought of was putting an adhesive completely on top of the transmitter, not just around it, since it often seems to fail at the junction of the transmitter housing and the adhesive backing. But I’m not sure if that ruins the transmitter’s range.