Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ugly . . .

This morning my CGM threw a calibration error. This almost never happens to me. Not to mention, the finger stick reading wasn't that far off from the CGM reading. But for some reason, the CGM was feeling crabby.

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 . . .

bruise on sensor

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 . . .


  1. I've had one like that twice. One time was about 6 months ago. The other, is actually right now. But the sensor is doing okay right now. I hate to take one out and waste it. Sigh.

  2. Yikes!

    WV: zasive

    CGM technology is 'zasive stuff...

  3. Karen-

    ouch! Your boo boo looks terrible. The sensor isn't that big?!?! Hope your boo boo feels better

  4. Ouch! Your bruise looks nasty. My 5 year old daughter Sydney has T1 and we use that same CGM for her. It has left ugly bruises on her. She cries. I cry. But it has helped us to find good trends to correct.


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