I really hate this device, the CGM. But after the paramedic visit last Sunday and my emotional, hence diabetic, reactions to the death of a dear friend, I am going back to the CGM tomorrow.
I cannot tell you how hard the decision to return to using a CGM has been. I worry so much about how its "beeping and buzzing" affects my husband's health. I am actually afraid to return; I have felt so much better without it, even with the problems.
Oh well, it is what it is. Thanks, Mike.
Black Llama -
Your conclusions are based on your recent experience using CGMS (Dexcom). There are many differences with MM CGMS, which Spock has used for several years.
With MM CGMS, there is much to complain about, and the sensors are less predictable/accurate compared to my experience with Dexcom.
I have used both, and the difference is night and day for me. I would not go back to MM CGMS unless it was the only one available. So I can relate to the frustrations Spock is having with MM CGMS.
It takes far less effort for me to get accurate readings from Dexcom, compared to MM CGMS, and very little to do with the foods that I ate and accurate dosing.
Hi, all. I've had a Medtronic CGM for about 3 years. Leaves some to be desired.
Get lost sensors often for whatever reason. Some are end of sensor life, some seem to be when the transmitter battery seems to die after about 7-8 days despite a new battery in the charger. (Think it's just a way for the company to get more money by selling more sensors)
Quit using the company dressings as they were not good. Lost the transmitter and sensor within the first month of when I got the thing because the double dressing wouldn't hold.
Hypoglycemic unaware diabetic so rather need one for safety.
Several of the needles are a challenge to get out as they almost seem to be stuck in the sensor and often have to strain to get it out.
I hate the CGM. For me and of course all of us vary, but I find it really useless, but if my blood glucose levels were wildly fluctuation OR I was having a lot of severe lows that required assistance, I would probably reconsider. Luckily the lows I have are self manageable, and usually always the result of something I have done, and my glucose levels are pretty stable now. For me frequent testing does just fine. Good luck, and hope you have a better experience restarting your CGM.
Lows are why I am returning. I am hypo unaware most of the time, so sleeping can be a bit dangerous sometimes. I have been getting up frequently overnight to test and still had the paramedics in for a visit last Sunday morning.
One question: if you use the Dexcom CGM, can you still use a MM pump?
Absolutely, you can still use MM pump, I do !
But you have to carry 2 'devices', which is a disadvantage for many.
For me, I prefer having the dexcom receiver separate, as with MM CGMS, I had a hard time hearing alarms at night. With dexcom receiver under my pillow, I hear it every time.
And I'll be considering the Animas Vibe (expected release in 2013 for US) for my next pump, to have the flexibility for both a single device and separate, as the Vibe will be integrated with Dexcom G4.
absolutely, they just won't "talk" to each other. Lows are the reason I got a CGM to begin with, I am totally hypounaware and could be 30 or 330 and not know. The Dexcom has made my nights so much more peaceful. Not only for me but also for my husband. The marketing info I got the other day states the Dexcom is compatible with the following pump brands : Animas, Omnipod, Roche, Tandem, and Medtronic.
Before the Dexcom I was getting up at least once every night to test and having a really hard time getting back to sleep,now I just pull the receiver out from under my pillow and take a look. In general it is fine and I immediately go back to sleep. I have had very few night time lows since I started on it, and the vibration is certainly enough to wake me up.
I believe you can I believe I have seen several posts around here with people with Dex CGM but minimed pumps...You just don't get an integrated device but from my understanding nothing is integrated right at the moment with Dex, but Animas is in the process...and I think Omnipod is too.
WOw! Thanks all.
I looked into the DexCom online and with the links provided and I learned a lot. I am about due for a new pump and it has been almost two years sonce I replaced my transmitter, so a move to a new pump is in my future.
As always, this site helps me learn and discover.
Yeah, CGMs are awesome in theory. I use one but it ticks me off a lot! Sometimes it's accurate sometimes it's way off. And the beeping while I'm sleeping is annoying but it has helped me to make adjustments.
The problem with the technology is that the public thinks we have everything we need to control this disease. But we know better; insulin absorption is always different, CGM readings are unreliable and all of these variables snow-ball and make it a real $%#^ to live with.
I just emailed the Seattle Seahawks asking them to mention T-1 diabetes and the need to support the research for a cure. Do you like sports? If so find the contact tab on your favorite teams website and ask them to help raise awareness.