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These things suck... I have had a failure rate of about 30% since I started using them, and they are $75 a piece. Telling my Dr to give me something else.

Beware if you get prescribed these things, they have a high failure rate, and of course you cant even communicate with the company if you don't have the serial number of the sensor, so don't throw your boxes away.




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Posts: 10445 | Location: TN | Registered: December 18, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The serial number and lot number are stored on your phone in the Libre app when you scan the sensor the first time.

My wife uses them, and has done for over a year. Had 3 failures (two wouldn't read, and one fell off when she caught it on a door jamb), all were replaced without issue and new ones shipped immediately.

Using 'skin-tac' patches to assist with adhesion seems to have removed the problem of failing to read.

YMMV.
 
Posts: 2450 | Location: Lake Country, Minnesota | Registered: September 06, 2019Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I had better luck with the Dexcom units.


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I am using the scanner from Freestyle, not a phone.

And it wont scan at all, that's the issue. The first time it happened, it just kept saying error, replace sensor. I figured whatever, got a bad one, it happens. But now its 2 bad out of 6. This one just keeps saying replace sensor and its brand new




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Possibly a bad reader. Try the app if you have a smartphone.
 
Posts: 2450 | Location: Lake Country, Minnesota | Registered: September 06, 2019Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have have been using them for about 3 years. Just switched from the 14 to the 2. I have only had 1 fail on initialization and it was replaced with a phone call. I use my smart phone with the app. I have lost a few sensors by catching it on a door frame or something but that on me, not on the sensor. Also, I am paying about $40 for 2 sensors at a local Was Mart pharmacy due to a discount code they applied to my prescription.

I have found them to be very reliable and accurate. There may be better CGMs out there but I have been very satisfied with the FreeStyle.



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Posts: 3633 | Location: Jacksonville, FL | Registered: September 10, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I would say it is your reader.
We have to use the reader for the boy since he goes between us and the grandparents with sports and the like and being tied to a single device sucks.
We have been through 3 readers in under 2 years.

As for price have your pharmacist find their coupon.
We pay $34 per Libre since insurance won’t cover them.

We found the Libre to be far more accurate than the Dexcom.

I wish they would make a dedicated Apple Watch app.
I would not mind buying him a used Apple Watch so we don’t have to remember to play pass the reader all the time but he is not getting a phone.

We have only had 1 or 2 issues and a quick call got them replaced quickly and easily.


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I have used both the Libre and Dexcom. I had much better luck with the Libre and personally, I think the Dexcom sucks. As a Type 1, I want it to always work and not have to worry about it. I had a bad infection with a Dexcom sensor and never had anything close with Libre. I got the Dexcom to consider using the non-line pumps that are out now> The Dexcom 7 will be very similar to the Libre in appearance and hopefully a better sensor.


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Originally posted by Lord Vaalic:
I am using the scanner from Freestyle, not a phone.



Are you using the libre 2?

My sensors usually make it two weeks. Maybe a day short every few sensors. Some sensors go bad first day. I’ve had 3 go bad since I started and abbott ships a replacement out the same day I complain.

I use my phone. If you’re using the libre 2 sensor, send me your address. I will drop this off at the post office on Monday.





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Posts: 7657 | Location: Cleveland, OH | Registered: August 09, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Went to pick up the boy’s Libre refill for the first time this year.
The Abbot coupon that the pharmacist located last year making them $34 now makes a 2 pack FREE!!


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Went to pick up the boy’s Libre refill for the first time this year.
The Abbot coupon that the pharmacist located last year making them $34 now makes a 2 pack FREE!!


Any idea what coupon that is? I'm paying $37.99/apiece at CVS with a coupon, and that was the best deal I could find. At least now they're giving me a 12 week prescription so I don't have to go back every other week.

I have had quite a few fail...either just stop working or fall off. Some have worked the full 14 days, but have read significantly higher or lower than my finger-prick sugar levels through their entire lifespan. Others have been spot on. It's kind of annoying, and I think they're primarily designed for sedentary people who don't move around or do anything active...if you exercise and sweat a lot, or doff/don a ballistic vest multiple times a day, fight with people, or go to DTs class, they don't hold up so good. I did get some of that special bandage stuff that sticks to itself but not to your skin to wrap around them when I notice the adhesive is starting to peel...that helps get me a few more days out of them sometimes.

I will say that Abbot has always sent a new one out quickly via a phone call, and just recently they added an online option that is even easier...no calling India, sitting on hold, and spending a bunch of time answering questions. The S/N is on the sensor...you're going to want to hold onto it anyway as often they send a kit to ship it back. It's also stored in the reader, and I'd assume the app as well (I use the reader as I don't have an iPhone).

They're expensive, and kind of a nuisance, but it still beats pricking your finger multiple times a day, and provides way better feedback on your blood sugar patterns. I'm really grateful that they exist.
 
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Tell your Pharmacist it is a coupon directly from Abbot.
I don’t know anything more.
Next time I am at the pharmacy I will ask and see if I can get more info.

I might suggest dumping the big corporate pharmacy. We switched to a local independent pharmacy and save money across the board plus they know us personally.
We switched years ago after using Kroger. We needed a prescription that insurance would not cover and Kroger wanted $180 for a weeks supply. The local place wanted $90. I asked them to look at our other prescriptions. We saved money on all of them and switched.
Could not be happier.

Think they are a pain for you. Try a 9 year old boy that swims 3 times a week, plays soccer once a week, and baseball when soccer is not going on.
Then of course recess and constant wresting with his brothers.

However it is a necessity for him. We have to have he alarms. He is not diabetic but has reactive hypoglycemia and celiac which is an absolute nightmare combo so the alarms are an absolute game changer for us.

I wore the Libre for a couple weeks and with a compression T shirt did not have too much issue.


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I think that when those dark voices start calling our name in the back of our head we need to remind those voices who we belong to!
Andrew Schwab - Project 86
 
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They gave me one of those things and it hurt like hell for the two weeks it was on.


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They gave me one of those things and it hurt like hell for the two weeks it was on.


You probably put it in the wrong spot. If it hits muscle, it hurts. I had one that I applied into a portion of my tricep, and I had the same experience. Move your arm around and figure out where the gaps are between the muscle masses and stick it there...if it goes in the right spot you don't even feel it.

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Try a 9 year old boy that swims 3 times a week, plays soccer once a week, and baseball when soccer is not going on.


I feel for you. No matter how freaking annoying it is to be diabetic and deal with all the garbage that comes with that, I've told my wife numerous times that I'm glad it's me and not one of our kids. I can't imagine trying to help a kid through all the dietary and monitoring stuff I have to do.

The ability to get the alerts and other info is pretty awesome, though. I actually stopped a couple for speeding the other day, and the wife told me they were on their way home because their teenage daughter is type 1 and mom got an alert on her phone that she was at 380. She even showed me the chart. I'm not sure if it was libre or dexcom since I don't use the app, but I thought it was pretty cool that she was able to get that info even when she was miles away.
 
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My brother uses something similar. He said they only last a couple of weeks. I think he said the one's he uses are 200 a unit. They couldn't put it on the back of his arm. It takes a certain amount of fat so they recommended it be installed on his stomach beside the belly button. What he uses is expensive but according to him its worth every penny to stop the daily finger sticks.


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My brother uses something similar. He said they only last a couple of weeks. I think he said the one's he uses are 200 a unit. They couldn't put it on the back of his arm. It takes a certain amount of fat so they recommended it be installed on his stomach beside the belly button. What he uses is expensive but according to him it’s worth every penny to stop the daily finger sticks.


That’s likely the Dexcom.


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You know it started in the garden when we walked way from Gods plan. We gave away dominion, placed it in the devils hands and Jesus took it back. Now we gain it all because He died. Name of names, God of gods, Jesus crucified!
Sleeping Giant - Defiance

I think that when those dark voices start calling our name in the back of our head we need to remind those voices who we belong to!
Andrew Schwab - Project 86
 
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