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A quick re-cap, I’m having a growing problem with a rash on my stomach. Some sort of reaction to the adhesives. The plan is to have a bottom layer of IV3000, which does not seem to give me any trouble, and stack all else on top. Of course the next problem is size. I always think of the IV3000 as a HUGE dressing. But it really isn’t. They are 2 3/8 inches by 2 3/4 inches. I couldn’t fit the whole array onto one. Rumor has it they come in larger sizes, and I’ll need to research that later. For the time being, I cut a hole in the middle of one of them with a razor knife (couldn’t find the $%&#@ hole punch) for the sensor to pass through then slapped it on my body.
Damn. Forgot to use the Alcohol swab again. Oh well, one of the Medtronic suggestions was to skip the alcohol. They thought it might be drying my skin out too much, and then covering the dry skin with a bandage for three days could be adding fuel to the fire, as it were. I was too embarrassed to admit that I’ve forgotten the alcohol fully half the time.... Well I hook up fresh out of the shower so I guess that helps....
Sensor insertion stung today. Unexpected surprise. Nice way to start the day. Not.
But I did get it lined up right, and sent the needle straight through the center of the little window that I cut in the IV3000 for it. Then I put another bandage down for the transmitter. I had worried that the IV3000 wouldn’t hold the weight of the transmitter, but so far so good. I think it’s going to be fine.
Monitor on, set to search. Plug the transmitter in. Success. We have a link. The initialization begins. Then IV3000 number three goes on top of the sensor/transmitter link. Not exactly a fashion statement, but doesn’t look as bad as you’d think. Of course it is exactly 9 degrees Fahrenheit out this morning, so my stomach will be well hidden from the world under many warm layers of clothing anyway.
Printcrafter’s stock tip of the day: buy Smith&Nephew.