I've been using the Minimed Realtime CGM since October. Overall, I absolutely love it.
There is one issue. Every time I have to insert a new sensor, I have a mini "freak out" session. I use the inserter that came with it, and have no problem loading everything into the sensor. But once I have the thing lined up against my skin, I have so much difficulty pushing that little white button! Sometimes I will start to push it down, then get really anxious and have to stop. It takes me several tries before I have the nerve to push the button.
I definitely can't watch the needle go in. And once it finally goes in, I'm fine. Most of the time, it really doesn't hurt that much. Just a little pinch - nothing deserving of the anxiety I go through.
I have used my pump for 3 years and not had any problems with the infusion set insertion. Before that, I gave myself plenty of shots with needles - no problem. But for some reason, I am absolutely terrified of that sensor needle. I think it is because it is a bigger gage than anything I've ever used, and it goes in at a different angle than I am used to.
Do any of you experience a similar anxiety? How do you deal with it? Any advice?