I was almost at the end of my six-day run. It's been reading great, so I had plans to disconnect the transmitter and recharge it. I'm hoping to get another 3 to 6 days out of it. When the cal error beeped, I decided it was the perfect time to recharge and restart.
Once the happy little light on the charger stopped flashing, I reached around to snap the transmitter back into place on the sensor. And I noticed this for the first time . . .
Nope, that is not a shadow on the right, near the front of the sensor. That is one UGLY bruise. It freaked me out a little, because I've never seen a bruise like that from a sensor - or from an insertion set, for that matter. But, I suppose they are bound to happen. After all, I am sticking needles into my body. When I pull them out, medical equipment is left behind - my new constant companion until I swap it out for its neighbor from the supply box.
First I bent around to take a (blurry) picture of the bruise. Then I thought about the cost of the sensors. Then I attached the transmitter back into place. For now, I'll try to forget about how ugly diabetes is . . .