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Wednesday
Jun062012

Count Your Threads

Last weekend my wife and I attending a wedding down in San Diego. San Diego is about a 2 hour drive from my home so we decided to make a weekend trip out of it. We never take off and just enjoy a weekend away so this was a good excuse.

The problem is that San Diego is a great town which means expensive hotels. I wanted to find something near the reception but nothing too expensive. I have never considered myself the type who has to stay some place fancy. For me it all about the sight seeing, not the thread count of my sheets. 

So, we found a moderately priced hotel in close proximity of the reception and booked it. Sweet! Thanks HoJo

Sure the little kid in the room next to us watching cartoons, jumping on the bed, getting yelled at by his mom for jumping on said bed, and yelling back at her woke us up on both Saturday and Sunday. But it was kind of like a wake up call so I dealt with that. 

But here's the annoying part. The sheets. These linens felt like towels. Well, like the towels in the bathroom that felt like sandpaper. So towel for Sandpeople? I dunno, but they were not awful, just a little rough. 

I would probably not have really noticed it except that my 3 day old Dexcom sensor just tore out of my side when I was turning over in the middle of the night. Something that has never happened before.

Whenever I drink alcohol I almost always have a low. I didn't have a lot to drink but I did have a few at the reception so I was thankful to have my CGM but to have it get torn out in the middle of the night was totally upsetting. 

The other bummer was that this was my last sensor. Like many things in life I totally failed at ordering on time so my sensors were on their way but not home yet.

No biggie right? I mean, I can deal until the sensors come.

Until now.

I just got to work with my new sensor in hand ready to put it on and start my day and I cannot find my transmitter. 

As soon as I get home from any trip I empty every suitcase and check ever pocket for every and any thing. Surely I would have put that sensor in my diabetes man satchel. Nope. Maybe I put in my nightstand when I got home? Nope. Maybe it's till in the suitcase? Nope.

I have no clue what a transmitter costs but I am sure it is nothing I have in the bank. Oh I am sick to my stomach thinking about it. I never forget stuff like this NEVER! I am so super anal about my stuff that I feel like I am going a little crazy right now. 

Ugh, so friends remember that thread counts matter. Linens matter. We need these things to stick to us and sleeping on a doormat is fine if you don't turn over. Ever. 

Reader Comments (13)

Medtronic?
I know that they are $700 here (canada) which is a gigantic rip off and completely out of pocket. I understand the sick to your stomach feeling about it. Whenever I take off my CGM I fear every single time losing it.
and "Diabetes Man Satchel?" brilliant!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScully

I had to rip out a CGM transmitter on vacation when it was causing me more grief than accuracy (and had no extra sensors). After thinking long and hard about it, I put it in my meter pouch and zipped it up there. Maybe that's what you did? I sure hope it turns up.

Also, last time I went to San Diego, I booked a place on Priceline. Didn't know what I would get for the the price of a roach motel, but it was actually really nice. I highly recommend it. (Or bring your own sheets and towels).

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott E

Ug! :( This sucks all the way around. I hope you can get things sorted out soon.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara

@Scully - It's the Dexcom but yeah, it's like 600 bucks! I call my Diabetes bag either my Diabetes Tote, Man Satchel, or Studly Dude Handbag since D-Bag sounds awful!

@Scott E - I checked there just now and nope. I swear I feel like a mad man! I'll try Priceline next time.

@Cara - ME TOO!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

next time you have a San Diego sensor emergency, give me a call. I got you covered.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Man, that sucks! And it is my fear everytime I travel because I am NOT anal enough about my stuff and have left test kits behind several time (lunch stop on trails, restaurants, etc). I left my PASSPORT on a plane on a stopover in Frankfurt (bad). And those transmitters are small...
I hope it turns up, or you get a good deal on a replacement!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet K

Total bummer. I always rip off my sensor with the transmitter intact and have more than once thrown it in the garbage before remembering to retrieve the transmitter. I think it's time to try to start a new habit of removing the transmitter first.

Hope you find it, but I suspect there is a garbage landfill in San Diego with a very expensive transmitter.

I've heard that Dexcom will give people a one-time deal on the first receiver/transmitter that they lose. Hope that's the case for you.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaddie

I just recently sent myDex receiver through the wash. When I called Dex to see what the price would be to replace it, the CS agent told me that Dex does a one time water-damage replacement for $199. I don't know if they'll be that generous with the transmitter but it doesn't hurt to call and ask.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn

How frustrating!! I've done that a couple times myself, turning over and losing a relatively new sensor. Even worse when you're in that re-ordering situation. And yes, those transmitters are so incredibly arm-and-leg expensive. Sorry to hear, bro!

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Hoskins

When I lost my dex transmitter, the replacement was $199. It's such a miserable feeling!

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Better to lose the transmitter than the receiver (take that from personal experience). That HoJo had a very pricey trash dump!

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Oh no!

June 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott K. Johnson

:(

i hope you can get a cheaper replacement as mentioned above,

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershannon

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