We had a D & Technology expo here in Melbourne over the weekend and one of the speakers was my DNE. I had a quick chat with her and she said that my claim for a new pump had all been approved by my PHI.
Like a kid waiting for a new toy, I want it and I want it NOW! My Medtronic will be retired to the cupboard and I will be wearing a shiny new blue Vibe.
Was great to hear that the Dexcom CGMS has had TGA approval for use here in Aus but pricing is still the thing holding me back on getting that for the time being.
So after reading this the "new" Vibe with integrated Dexcom must have the new G4 sensors?
So my Seven+ sensors are worthless and if I just want one unit on my belt for pump and CGM I have to settle for a much bulkier sensor of the G4.
I already have to watch that I don't "rip" my Seven+ sensor off when going through tight spaces or turning around in bed.
I was looking forward to the "one" unit setup but now I have to re-evaluate this as from what I read the G4 Platinum is not any better than the Seven+ in program and except for that the receiver is sleeker looking and colorful they work the same, but the sensor is bulkier.
I started on the 7+ three years ago and used it 24/7. I'm now on day 26 of the G4.
The G4 has more improvements than you may appreciate. It's more accurate, especially in the hypo range. It's transmitter, while thicker, transmits further which means very few data drop-outs. The 7+ would sometimes miss a half hour or more while I was sleeping. The G4 misses no night time data and that means it will wake me up when I just start to go low.
That brings me to the alarms. They are more effective and dependable in getting my attention. And they can be programmed to be as quiet and unobtrusive as you'd like.
You're right about the download and analysis software, Studio. It is not a major change from the 7+ software but it does have some improvements. To start with the download process is much faster and has never failed once. Sometimes with the 7+ download I had to make repeated attempts, especially if it had been a while since my last download.
I'm not trying to sell you or anyone else on the G4 system; it just seemed to me that you were not aware of all the benefits of the new system. I'm happy to have it and it's been easy to live with.
If you're interested, you may want to read Wil Dubois' recent blog entries on the G4. Wil is a T1 diabetic and has been reviewing the G4 a bit at a time. He's been writing about it for the last month (November 2012) but not every day. (Scroll down over the past month and look for the G4 reviews.) His style is plain-speaking (if rough language offends, this may not be a good read for you) and often very funny. He pulls no punches in his review. If he doesn't like a feature, he tells it like he sees it.
No d-technology is perfect and it fits some people's needs better than others. I have no relationship with Dexcom other than that of a satisfied customer.
Terry thanks for the response I knew I can count on a fellow sailor. I'll read the blog you recommended and as a sailor you know you're around water and will be in the water sometimes which is no problem with my Animas pump I can be keel-hauled and it still works fine but a couple of drops of water and my Seven+ receiver is out of commission. (although it does dry out fine if you're quick in getting the water out)
With the improvements of the G4 over the 7+ they could have made it slimmer everywhere or have 7+ sensors work with the new Platinum receiver and make it waterproof.
I understand what you are saying and my low with the 7+ are always pretty much on so when it alarms I'm OK as I always prick the finger to make sure. The 7+ is often off by 15-20% on highs over 300.
Maybe I can test drive one and see if I like it.
Again thanks for your answer.
The main thing I don't like about the vibe is how chunky it is. I used to be on a Dana pump and it was so little (almost half the size of the Vibe) so changing to a Vibe was hard for me originally. The only reason I changed was because Pharmac decided to fully fund the Vibe pumps and consumables through-out New Zealand and that is not an offer to be turned down.