[quote user="Sugar Lady"]
I started on the CGM about 2 weeks ago. I would love some tips because I am having some issues. I tried to run it for more than 3 days and it "flat lined" on me. Also, how accurate is yours? Mine is so variable.
the most useful advice I read was regarding calibrations. I like to start a sensor on a saturday morning, I get up just a little early and test and see if my suagr is at least okay. I insert a new sensor. "at least 45 degrees" is important. finding a spot where it wont get banged too much and has enough fat is the hardest part. I let the sensor sit for about 5-15 minutes and then start the transmitter. I "start a new sensor" right after that, though you can wait for a while and nothing happens.
I test a few times in the next 2 hours to makes sure my sugar is stable. then it beeps and I do the initial calibration and it's ready to go.
I don't calibrate except for before dinner and before breakfast. for me my sugar can be swinging at other times so I try not to "update the sensor" unless I am sure my sugar hasn't moved in 1/2 hour. if you calibrate while your sugar is moving the sensor is useless. if you accidentally calibrate while your sugar is moving just re-calibrate the sensor to whatever it was reading last. if you re-calibrate within 5 minutes it takes the LAST calibration.
at 3 days I "start a new sensor" in the morning, it beeps right away for an update and you get the next 3 days out of it. Minimed automaticcly fails the sensor at day 3 - I don't know what you mean by flat lined.
if it lasts to 6 I recharge the transmitter and either start a new sensor or reconnect an old sensor, depending on how much time is left. if I make it to 9 days I am pretty happy. after that it's a crap shoot - I ususally start to get calibration errors and by then it's pretty done in me.