Get a CGM. no matter what. I am currently looking at the Dex, but I have the Medtronic. Once you have a CGM and you use it for a while, things get less crazy and less unknown. You begin to not freak out of every up and down of your blood sugars. You will get a little less unreactive about having to correct or over-correct your current BSs. It is very calming to use a CGM. It is like having someone next to you keeping track of the little things like blood sugar and you get to stop worrying about that and spend time on things you want to.
From what I have read on this this site, the Dex is the choice of most. I have a Medtronic, and I am investigating whether I can get a Dex myself.
I will have to agree with the response you got from Mick, that the integrated system of Medtronic does not buy you anything. Once you use a pump with a CGM, you walk into another land of diabetes and blood sugar management. Your pump helps keep you on target with basils and boluses, and you CGM helps you tracks minor goofs or slips in any assumptions or estiamates you have madef. And with a couple of well placed alarms, you get to make key, small corrections, if necessary.
My biggest agreement with Mick's comment isabout a very quick maturation process that will take place when you own and use any CGM for a small length of time. The unknowns become known. The fear of unknown changes diminish. Being able to sit in a room without second guessing any feelings you are having and wherher they are blood sugar related, go away.
Kind of a mix of input here. But, the Dex does sound like the winner, performance and price. Also, try working with the ADA to be able to get the device without coming overseas. It is worth a shot. They have some very sharp administrators over there!
I wore a dexcom 7 for about 8 months.Now I use the MM sensors. Everyone says the Dexcom ones last longer, but I found I could not get it to stay in past 7 or 8 days. They fall off and get stuck to my shirt etc. I think the dexcom sensors are less likely to have trouble though.The big trouble was carrying that receiver around. On a cruise after my 8th month using it,I got splashed near the pool. Mind you I didn't submerge it just got my shorts wet as I walked past the pool. The Receiver stopped working and Dexcom said I would have to buy a new one, as they do not repair them. One would think they could make them a little bit resistant to such things. So I stopped using it all together. I didnt want to pay another $900 for a new one and i was irritated they would not repair it even at my cost.
Any the MM pump has only the transmitter to deal with, So I do not need to worry about it so much. I find the sensors to work just fine or a week,
It's interesting you should bring this up, Tim (even if this discussion is several years old!). The warranty on my Medtronic pump is 3 years (or something like that). I was shocked to find out that the warranty on the CGM transmitter is only six months! (The pump is my receiver).
What is the warranty time on the Dex, and is it different for the two pieces?