How to wear a Dexcom CGM on your arm

My last post featured my recent article for the HuffPost that we have much to learn from people with illness who do well.  A few days ago, when I went to put on my Dexcom CGM, on my upper arm where I wear it, I realized that I learned how to do this from a fellow PWD, Diabetic Danica. She created just the video to guide you through the process. Here below:

I found Danica’s video when I was in Japan two years ago and thought, hmmm…I’ve seen a lot of PWDs wearing their Dexcom on their arm. How do you do that? And there she was, joyfully guiding me through the process.

Because I use my CGM intermittently, I find myself always going back to Danica’s video for instruction.

Dexcom only advises wearers to place the sensor on your abdomen because that’s the only spot they have FDA approval for. But we who wear it have discovered there are many places on the body you can wear it. The upper arm is a favorite for many – it’s unobtrusive and I find I get more days with it, more like 14 instead of 10, and it becomes accurate faster.

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Thank you Danica. I don’t know if I could have done it without you, but I’m glad I didn’t have to find out. Another round of applause for people doing well with illness.

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