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Love my Dexcom CGM!


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Old 03-08-2015, 23:44   #1
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I think it is around 3 months now since I got my CGM. It is life changing. I haven't had a night time hypo for weeks but am safe in the knowledge that if I did, it would wake me. I have an alert set at 4.2 (is that around 77?) so that I would have time to "cut a hypo off at the pass" before it occurs. This is giving me the best sleep since diagnosis and I am waking up feeling fit and, well, awake.

That trend line is so educational when it comes to what is actually happening with blood sugars therefore my pump basal rate which I thought was good before I got the Dex has been further fine tuned and now I KNOW it is spot on.

I took the advice I read somewhere (maybe Sugar Surfing) and just check it like you would a watch and react accordingly. I suppose that could be seen as a little obsessive but I like it and it does give peace of mind.

I heard it said that somebody, if they had to choose, between pump and CGM would choose the CGM. I hope I never have to choose but think that I too would choose my Dex.

To sum up; my Dex is my new best friend. I call her "Dexie" and she calls me "Buzz Beep"

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That's great! It's so good to hear of successes people have.

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Happy Dance for Hillary!

That is truly wonderful news.

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Right on the mark, Hillary!

I couldn't agree more. So much easier to glance at it before I drive than doing the whole finger stick thing.

I'm so glad for you and Dexie!

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Yay! So glad it's helping.

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Yes, I just switched from another CGM to Dexcom 4 and love how accurate it is and being able to constantly see the graph of glucose level. Love it!!!

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Yes, I just switched from another CGM to Dexcom 4 and love how accurate it is and being able to constantly see the graph of glucose level. Love it!!!
You were using Medtronics? I'd be curious to know how it was.

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Yes, it was the one you mentioned. With vision and processing, I am trying to make sure I am following procedures for forum. I started off years ago with one of the first MM. I then went back to injections, back to MM, then Animas Ping,currently Medtronic 530 with its CGM. I am finding that each insulin pump has great features and the best tool for delivering insulin. I switched to Dexcom primarily due to insurance waiver, but problems with accuracy. The Dexcom features that really helped me were the font size. I can't read the pump screen which shows CGM results. It is bright, east to see, accurate (within 10 points...many within 1-5. It also shows the constant trend graph to see and print. You do have to carry it with you, but it is easy to slip in a pocket or purse. Also...there is no way possible to miss an alert. Very loud, vibrates. I am not sure if the battery system with MM will be updated. My battery drains quickly and alerts are not heard by me. Also as battery drains, communication between devices decreases. I am calling the company today to provide info. They communicate often for feedback to improve things. I went with my last insulin pump per what was used in doctors office, but learned to research what is best for me to control diabetes rather than ease for doctors to print reports to control diabetes. It may also cost out of pocket to switch CGM to one that works for you, but $250 was the best money spent for my situation. Plus sensors will be free due to cowaiver program from my insurance company.

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