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Old 08-22-2013, 11:20   #11
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I'm using the new Omnipod system and Dexcom CGM.

I really like both and have become particularly addicted to the Dexcom CGM which is usually quite accurate.

Now, when I get in the car, a quick glance at the Dexcom tells me if I'm too low to drive.

Saves a lot of strips and finger pricks!

I found a small canvas bag at Staples made by Targus intended to carry one's iPad that conveniently and compactly contains both Omnipod and Dexcom monitors along with other supplies as well as cell phone and the aforementioned tablet.

An armband I found on-line holds the Dexcom monitor during various physical activities.

The only drawbacks to Dexcom I've found so far are some software OS limitations and difficulty with sensor application. Neither is anywhere near a deal breaker.

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I have had the Dexcom G4 since the end of June and the Animas Ping since the end of August. The Dexcom has helped greatly in alerting me to the lows that I am sometimes unaware. I spent 36 hours in the hospital after seizing from low blood sugar. I use it not as a substitute to the finger sticks but as a monitor on the direction that my blood sugar is heading.

It is true that the Animas Pumps and Dexcom are working together and will be introducing a new Pump later on this year or the beginning of next year depending on the FDA. I am not sure that I would like the all in one unit for the same reason that I do not like DVD/VCR combos. When one craps out . . . .

I have had zero problems sleeping with the Ping Pump or the Dexcom sensor. I sleep in an inside-out pocket t-shirt. I put the pump inside the pocket. The tubing stays under the t-shirt. I am currently alternating between 23in and 43in infusion sets. I actually sleep better now that I am on the pump. I do not go to bed sore from the Lantus and wake up sore from the Lantus.

I thought about the Omnipod, but like the idea of being attached to the pump. The remote is great with the Ping because I got everything on the pump that I can do on the remote except take a blood sugar reading and change the basal rates.

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Ronnie started on the Medtronic pump on Wednesday. The Endo has us sending him BG'S EACH MORNING. Ronnie's bg's are near 200 or higher with one in the. 300's and my son is getting really upset because he told the doc that the blouses and basal rates are to low to start with. We asked the Endo to call us but we made our request over e-mail. We are accustomed to controlling the bg's a Lot closer to 100. What to do??????
I really like pump. It's the cats meow. So much easier to use. Now to get better control of the bg,s
We are trying to get the cgm but the insurance is asking for more justification.


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Pumpers are almost always started conservatively to prevent lows since you are now using fast acting exclusively. I too ran higher when I started pumping. It'll get better

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If you are able to talk to your endo regularly and he or she can see the readings from the pump and cgm, then let this go for now.

I went from bouncing from extreme highs to extreme lows resulting in seizures when I was taking injections. My first month on the pump I was still running low. My endo team wanted me to be high and then they bring me into the right zone.

Three months after starting the pump, my A1C is 7.1 with a narrower range between my lows and highs. I am now eating much more crappy food (cake, Reese's, Milk Duds, and the like). The difference is now I am using the pump to take the insulin that I need to eat the carbs that all of this represents. I can do it ANY time I want. If I need to correct, I correct. Easy as pie. Speaking of which, I think I will have a piece.

Trust your doctor.

Ride out the highs and life will get much better.

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Unfortunately, the insurance company is holding us up on getting the CGM. They want more justification even though the company is supposed to fully cover the CGM and supplies. I guess since we have kept his BG in control and caught up with his hypoglycemic episodes before he got into trouble, they say it is not medically necessary.
Ronnie hasn't gone over 200 today but it is maddening to see his BGs higher than 150 all day. No lows at all.
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Perhaps your endo can help with the insurer?

Some manufacturers don't like users under the age of 18 as well, so if that's the case, so you may need more push from your doc.

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Ronnie is 66 but has had a brain hemorrhage so I am his voice. He has expressive aphasia.

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I'm so sorry! Such aphasia must be a terrible burden for you both...

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We are having some problenscwith the Medtronic, quickest infusion sets. .... we have been pumping 2 weeks. Ronnie's bg's have been high most of the time and we found air in the line yesterday and twice we have found the cannula, out of the injection site.

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