Never Mind the Granola, Here’s the Sushi Rice

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this may be the most in-range day i’ve seen to date.

Throughout day Dexcom reveal miracles.

Sketchy choices begin w. granola from box w. cow milk + caffeine tea w. more cow milk; followed by sit very still 2+ hours (math game/Minecraft); roll into white rice avocado maki (inside-out & extra rice-y) + brother arrive home from pastry chef class: red velvet cupcakes w. towering chapeau white frosting gah!; followed by no basal approx. 3.5 hours while swim—plug back in 5 minutes 2 – 3 x/eat two pistachios—then dinner dirty dough ice cream cone. Then basketball. Then Star Wars Monopoly. Then shower. Then Lego.

Then this glorious sensor fall off after two days. Caramba! Call Dexcom.

Maybe Bigfoot on Dexcom shit list for frequent sensor-fall-off-too-soon call. In past, representative just sort of good gosh golly sorry, send new one tout suite. Tonight representative ask did you put anything on his skin other than maybe an alcohol wipe? Answer: Yes, I used an IV Prep wipe to try to make it stick better. (<–Rather proud; think such pro move.)

DEX: Well, we actually don’t approve of IV Prep wipes? Because we haven’t tested them? Because IV Prep wipes aren’t tested for this purpose?

BIGFOOT: So you think the sensor fell off because of the IV Prep wipe? Because I only started using them because the sensors were falling off

DEX: Uh-huh, yes, and was there anything else you put on his skin?

BFOOT: Yes, I used extra tape to help it stick

DEX: Was it one of the tapes listed on page sixty-two of your product guide?

BFOOT: Ehhrm, I think so. Opsite Flexifix?

DEX: Opsite Flexifix is not one of the adhesives we recommend? We recommend 3M tape, for example? You can find a list of adhesives on page 62? You can purchase these recommended and approved tapes at a pharmacy, medical supply store, or ask your son’s physician? It’s very important, ma’am, that you not use materials that are not tested on the child’s skin?

BF: Okay…<–thinking But I read about Opsite Flexifix on the internet; haven’t you seen Katie’s awesome post? and Even Gary Scheiner says it’s a good tape! )

The recommended tape was also used to dress the wounds of passengers on the Mayflower

The recommended tape was also used to dress the wounds of passengers on the Mayflower.

Behold Dexcom official auxiliary taping method. (Left.) Even prop stylist heart not in it: sloppy cuts, slapdash placements. But good job on logo right side up and selection of hairless/unblemished skin. So try keep open mind. Even though seem hopeless, Bigfoot plan try Blenderm, Tegaderm(<–which one?), IV 3000(<—where stick this ginko leaf shape?), 3M tape(<–includes Scotch?) as instructed.

Other technical question. Thinking about FFL “Pumping Tips and Tricks” class. Instructor Lorraine ask class Do you ever notice that ‘tssssht’ sound of your basal going in**? Well, when you have a combo or extended bolus set, you’ll notice it goes ‘tsssht-tssssht': the first tsssht is the basal; the second tssssht is the additional portion of the bolus insulin. (<–Not direct quote. Could be totally wrong, but pretty sure this gist.)

Talk of “tsssht” make Bigfoot believe basal not continuous round-the-clock microdrip as originally imagined, but instead basal = one drip in one moment per hour. If unplugged at that hour’s drip-moment (say, for swim) + then plug back in (say, while eat two pistachios) & then unplug again, any basal going in? If not, really no point plug back in for basal. (Unless lucky catch right at drip moment.)

Not able find answer w. easy Google. Know?

**Bigfoot never, ever hear tssssht except when bolus. May be partially deaf from too much Blondie/Xanadu during critical period aural development.

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20 responses to “Never Mind the Granola, Here’s the Sushi Rice

  1. Mary M

    Don’t have it in front of me, but pretty sure the Ping divides the hourly basal rate by 12 then delivers that amount every 5 minutes. Does that help at all?
    Our Dex currently full of water and sand. I hope that crayfish was worth the replacement cost! Can’t wait to have it back.

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  2. Sara

    Yeah, it’s not so much a continuous flow as a drip every so often. I don’t hear the basal as often as I did when I first got the Ping. But I also don’t have two tween boys in my house.

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  3. I second what Mary M said! I have the Ping, just got it a few months ago, and while I was being trained that is something the CDE said. It delivers a very very small dose every 5 minutes. I even hear a sound sometimes if I’m alone or it’s really quiet.

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  4. Have you used Skin-Tac instead of the IV Prep? My tried and true combo is a light swab of Skin-Tac (basically do an oval shape on the skin, leaving an opening in the middle for the sensor to jab through) let it dry for a minute or so, then chunk that sucker on, and tape over it with Opsite Flexifix. I know I’m not an active-on-the-go kid, but my sensor sites stay pretty darn un-moveable for 2 weeks at least.

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  5. This pisses me off. “recommended blah blah blah blah” well FU!
    skin tac is way stickier in my experience. And if they ask you just say you used the recommended crap and lie. LIE LIE LIE! because those guys at dexcom deserve it.
    hmph

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  6. Linda

    Ok, so I held my Ping to my ear till I heard it tsssssht, only it was more of a click, and started the stopwatch in my phone. At 2 minutes, 55 seconds it did it again, and ditto in another 2:55.

    You know when you take out the old cartridge during a set change and it takes awhile for the pump to fuss (or it notices right away, sometimes)? – I think it is the basal ssht that tells the pump “NO CARTRIDGE! “

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  7. We’ve been pinging for over 7 years. Yesterday my son took his pump off and left it (with his shirt over it) at the end of the table I am currently using as a desk while my house is under construction. Its a big table – seats 8. While sugarboy was in the shower I kept hearing a “tssst” sound every few minutes. I was sitting my a window. I kept looking out the window for some odd bird or wildlife. nothing. another two “tssst” sounds. The heating/AC vent is on the floor near me so I stare into it – thinking it is making some odd noise. Nothing. Two more “tssst” sounds – for Pete’s sake are my ears all wacky again (a week of plugged ears prior). I wandered around for another 10 minutes and 3 more “tssst” sounds – thinking clearly I am loosing my mind. Moments later the boy came down from his shower in shorts and a new tshirt – moved his other shirt and put on his pump. Yup the basal is every few minutes.
    I wish we had Dexcoms.
    I do hear Skin-Tac is the da bomb diggity.
    Good lucks.

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  8. Lauren

    My t:slim tssst tssts at the top of every hour, just a once an hour basal dealy.

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  9. Yeah, my Ping does that every 3 minutes. When I’m quiet it’s really easy to hear, sometimes it actually bugs me when I’m trying to fall asleep… But the ‘I’ve been suspended for HOURS’ alarm doesn’t wake me up, go figure.

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  10. I tried putting IV prep on before I put my sensor in one time, thinking I was being smart. It fell off 2 hours later (usually the tape sticks for close to 2 weeks for me). I learned my lesson, IV prep is a bad idea when it comes to the sensors.

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  11. Pancreastic Mom

    I use a waterproof Band-Aid patch with a hole cut out for the sensor….after the original white stuff starts peeling up on the edges I trim some of that off and then the Band-Aid will have enough skin to adhere to. Works for my sweetie. I’ll be interested to try the Skin-Tac though!

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  12. I just LOVE the annotated Dexcom pic. Wouldn’t it be great if that happened semi-automatically? Do you use the carb tracking in the Dex? (Just curious). Good luck with figuring out an adhesive method. I’m visiting coz of #dblogcheck week. Amy Tenderich offered some other suggestions in her post about Dexcom sticky challenges.

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  13. I SO want to get my daughter on dex but since we enrolled her in the trial for the G4 she is adamantly against it :( I use IV Prep for my own dex sensors but I am the total opposite of an active boy. I also hear that skin tac is the go-to product but they used that during the trial for the G4 and we couldn’t get the sensors to stick on at all with it. I usually cut a hole in an iv3000 patch and use that as extra adhesive over the sensor adhesive and that works well for me. But again, not an active boy.
    Those CS reps are kind of stuck — the FDA won’t approve the company’s products without all of the ridiculous recommendations they have to make and if they swerve from what got the product approved during service I think it can land them in some hot water… I agree with the LIE LIE LIE approach — easier for you and them :)

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  14. Love, love, love the annotated picture. Someday we, too, will learn how to bolus for heaps of buttercream frosting…

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  15. Hahaha. I. Love. You.

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