WooHoo Shannon! You will be so psyched as you learn the tricks of this sometimes crazy system!
My best advice is to use good sterile technique when inserting...alcohol swab the site. wash hands
before starting. use paper tape to hold the transmitter/sensor down (to protect it from sticking to other
tape layers when you recharge after day 6). Use a tegaderm or IV3000 to firmly hold both canula and
transmitter FIRMLY against skin. And use some sort of good tape (hypafix or flexifix opsite) to tape down
over the tegaderm/IV3000. I tend to use the 2 inch width hypafix and make a cross over the sensor/transmitter.
YOU want to keep it as close to the skin as possible at all times with little or no movement.
Insert the sensor, tape it down and wait 2 hours before turning the sensor on the pump on..waiting 2 hours will
prevent 'sensor error' messages from popping up while the sensor 'wets' itself. if you turn the sensor on
before the 2 hours...and get the 'sensor error' message..just clear it...do NOT remove the sensor like the
book says to. My trainer failed to mention this..and I was freaking out because I hadn't done anything yet!
By waiting the 2 hours and then turning the sensor on, you will make sure the sensor is wet enough and the
pump is ready to do first calibration. After the two hour wait...the pump will fairly quickly prompt you to
"Enter Meter BG now".
Try to make sure your BG is stable when you calibrate. After the 1st calibration, you will be required to calibrate
again within 6 hours. After those 2 initial calibrations, it is only every 12 hours, although MM suggests
no more than 4/day. You will want to try and time your calibrations so that you won't have to get up in the
wee hours of the morning to calibrate. The pump will alarm one hour prior to the next calibration...so you might
want to think about that. It can be quite annoying to be awakened in the wee hours of the morning to be
My best hint is to insert at night...sleep with it off..and start it in the morning. that way it is set when you get up and ready to go!
Good luck and have fun. Just remember to be patient...it's a slow learning curve for the 1st month or so..but it does get better and better.
You do NOT have to remover sensor after 3 days....when you get that first 'sensor end' alarm..just go in and tell the pump it's a new sensor..and it will shortly ask you for a meter BG calibration.
After 6 days and 'sensor end' alarm goes off...turn the sensor off and CAREFULLY remove the tape and transmitter and recharge. Be careful to NOT dislodge the sensor in you skin...i put a piece of tape over it if i have to get up to do anything while transmitter is recharging. i lost my first sensor by just sneezing (it was in my abdomen) and was not taped down). once the transmitter is recharged, connect again..tape back down....and wait at least 2 hours to turn sensor back on (it's like day one all over again)
after 2 hours..tujrn it on...and shortly you will get the 'meter bg now' message to calibrate.
have fun..and be happy!
Stable blood sugars are very important while calibrating! Plan wisely!