I started using dexcom cgm March 2011 and I saw my H1c dropped down below 7 for the 1st time. Fast forward to May this year, I got an animas pump and I felt that i cant carry both of them and have stopped using the CGM. My questions; will you prefer to have a CGM or a pump and is there anyone who forgo a CGM when a pump arrives? By the way, my Insurance covers both 100%
Thanks, Smile. I think I'll try this for my next sensor placement. I'm on my own with this process and it sounds like I could do the upper arm insertion myself. In order to pinch up the skin with only one useable hand to set the introducer needle, I think I can lean my arm against a wall corner. I appreciate your detailed description.
Terry, that's exactly what I do even when my husband is home. I lean against a wall corner until it pinches the skin up and then insert....I don't trust anybody with that inserter but my own hand! :)
100% coverage?! Unreal. I would definitely keep both. I don't know which I'd give up if could only have one. Pump would save me from lows caused from inconsistent absorption of long-acting doses and would eliminate daily jabs but Dex can avoid or minimize all kinds of lows as well as highs. Hard choice and fortunately not one you have to make!
I, too, would give up the pump first, but I can't see having to give up either one. As far as sites, I have my Dexcom on my belly above my navel, and the pump site below. I move them both side-to-side, hasn't been an issue for me. I wear the pump (Animas Ping) and the Dexcom both on my belt. Sort of like a chubby Batman, I guess!
I bet you go back to it :D
Even if it's briefly, and a once in a while kind of thing. I once heard someone infer that their CGM was ironically only useful right at the beginning of his time owning it, then once all those secrets were discovered and his belt was tightened he didn't feel a need to use it any more.
I wonder if you'd fall into this category?
Myself, I have a very very odd routine and lifestyle with my family time and work time. My rates change continuously, and it allows me to adjust on the fly, and so I love it.
I think I'm more in line with their perfect target market.
I have Dexcom and Medtronic pump, it does sometime get a bit combersome and some days I go back to Lantus/MDI to empty most of my pockets. I would not have too much of an issue pating with the pump, but I would never go without the Dexcom. When I don't have the pump I feel that I am giving a lot of shots throughout the day and bolusing is often inconvenient, but I can still maintian similar control (just with a bit more effort). Without the Dexcom I feel completely lost and am alway nervous and wondering where my BG is, I feel my control/safety would suffer greatly. I suggest that you try both for a while and if you don't like it you already know how to use MDI, so you should be able to switch back fairly easily.
Hi, well I got to test drive a cgm, and absolutely loved it! Unfortunetly, i didn't get to get one myself. My insurance at the time wouldn't cover it. NOW I do not have insurance so it may be forever until I get a chance to get one. :( Be thankful for the blessings that you have now, and use everything you can to make sure your life is as normal as possible.
I wear both a pump and a CGM (although I often carry my CGM in my purse). Good news though: my doctor told me that Animas and Dexcom are working together to make a joint system so that you only need one device. I know Minimed has a CGM/pump combo but I hated that one so I'm looking forward to the Aminas/Dexcom union. Hopefully they will come out with it soonish.
I wear the Navigator and Omni on the same arm as much as i can. This helps with sleep and not getting caught when dressing !!
I would not give up my pump it corrects my nighttime BG, without the pump I would spend many sleepless nights battling low BG and nasty rebounds.
And I would wear a tool belt like Batman before I gave up my CGMS.