But Not For My Head…

Toupee Glue

I recently mentioned using toupee glue to keep my Navigator CGM sensors attached.  With all of the packing and unpacking from our recent move, I found it!  You’re looking at a genuine bottle of “Ultra Hold” toupee glue.  This internet purchase landed my information on at least one hair replacement e-mail list.  No irony there, right?

Freestyle NavigatorThe Navigator CGM was a pretty sweet continuous monitor system.  Unfortunately it’s not available in the U.S. anymore.  I really liked that system, but the transmitter was really hard to keep on.  It was much bigger than anything out today, but it made up for its size with an insane transmission range.

The system worked great for me, and I was officially addicted to the information it provided.  Like everything, supplies were limited.  If a sensor came off, I was out of luck.

So I tried a bunch of tricks to keep them attached.  Everything from the common Skin-Prep, I.V. Prep, Mastisol, and Skin Tac (I spilled a bottle of that once.  What a nightmare to clean up), to the less-common things like false-eyelash glue and Vet-Bond, a glue used in veterinary surgery.

I tried nearly every tape known to medical mankind but still needed something better.  Though I do credit this part for helping me find my favorite tape so far; OpSite Flexifix.

inflatable toupée

Some time later a friend said something about trying toupee glue.

Why not, right?

It worked well, but was messy.  There is a brush applicator, just like rubber cement.  I applied it everywhere except around where the sensor actually penetrated the skin.  I still needed extra tape around the edges, but otherwise it worked very well for me.

One night I was prepping my sensor site and applied the toupee glue to my arm.  I walked by the refrigerator and bumped into the freezer door with my arm.  I got stuck.  I tried pulling away, but instead of my arm coming loose the freezer door pulled open!  I eventually worked myself free from my kitchen appliance and had to laugh.  There I was, shirtless, wrestling with my freezer door to release my arm.

What if I needed to call for help?  Can you imagine that phone conversation?

 I’ll Read it For You

Are you on the move? Let me read this to you…

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Missing My CGM

When The meter read 298 mg/dl, my first thought was that I was probably 300 mg/dl all night. If I would have known about it I would have done something about it. Then I thought about what I did before bed last night, and what i messed up on, and how much harder my day would be. Waking up with a high blood sugar makes the “diabetes day” so much harder to influence.

My CGM broke about three weeks ago, and I’ve really missed it. Not only for times like last night, but also having a constant stream of useful information available at the touch of a button. I took for granted just how useful that information is. Now that I don’t have it, feel like I’m in the dark, and just guessing when it comes to decisions about food, insulin, and exercise.

Freestyle NavigatorThe CGM I had was the FreeStyle Navigator, and the company is having problems replacing stuff. They say they are not going out of business, that they will be replacing stuff, but don’t know when it will be available. And they offered $2000 for the return of the system.

I loved my Navigator. I didn’t want to send it back. But my choices were to either go an extended period of time without sensing, or cash in and buy one of the other CGM systems . What choice do I really have there?

My Dex will be here later this week.

I have been so surprised at just how vulnerable I have felt without a sensor on. I never thought it made much of a difference. Doing it “old school” (how ridiculous does that sound?) has been much harder, and my numbers are proof.
I’m testing a bunch, of course, but I’m missing a TON of information. I have to put a lot more energy into almost every decision I make, and I’m having problems putting individual blood sugar numbers into the context of my day and activities.

You wont meet anyone  wearing a CGM system that will tell you it is a magic bullet, and I agree with them 100%. But I sure do miss having that tool in my toolbox.