Hi all, I just got my Dexcom last night and I'm just trying to get used to everything. I noticed in the manual that you can 'link' the Dexcom to a OneTouch Ultra meter but does anyone know if this will work for the PIng meter as well? Also, does this calibrate the Dexcom everytime you do a fingerstick?

I'm sure I'll have a ton of other questions over the next few days.....

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There was a way to link a meter, but via a cable, and the only purpose was to calibrate the Dexcom. It's not wireless, doesn't do it automatically, and frankly it's just simpler to manually enter the number and not carry around a cable.

This feature was necessary on the older models though, because they had some exclusivity with a meter so that you HAD to use a specific meter in order to calibrate the Dexcom. Thankfully that silliness went away and we can use better meters like the Flash now.

Thanks for the reply, I was under the impression that it updated wirelessly. Sometimes the lack of technology amazes me.

It really is amazing how slowly this kind of medical technology changes compared to everything else. In the time that the iPhone has come out and gone through 5 major revisions, my Animas Ping still has the same exact menu that my Animas 1200 did 8 years ago. The only changes are the screen changed color, they made it bigger to work wirelessly with the meter (which I don't use because the Flash is much better since it's tiny and has a light). Oh yeah, they added custom alarm tones too, hooray!

Finally a few companies are just skipping ahead though. Check out the Tandem pump - http://www.tandemdiabetes.com/. Assuming it passes all the tests, this might be the best pump coming out soon.

I'd be interested in knowing why you (Andy) think the Flash is a better meter. Briefly, of course. Thanks.

- The Flash needs significantly less blood than OneTouch (Ping) meters. My fingers certainly love that feature.
- Strips are thinner, and come 50 to a vial. You can pack about 75 or so in one vial. Ping strips come 25 to a vial, and you can't fit quite as many in there.
- Flash has a much smaller case, which can actually can fit in my pocket occasionally unlike the huge Ping case. I also use it as my wallet.
- Flash has a light facing the strip, so testing is very easy at night even in the dark.
- I don't find the Ping's wireless features helpful. You can't update basals, and bolusing via the meter takes just as many button presses as the pump.

Thanks - I'll have to look at the Flash. The One Touch Ultra Link transmits to my Medtronic pump, so I'll have to keep that in mind. That does help in several ways. A big question: how is the accuracy? Dexcom rep likes to remind me that the inaccuracy range of the Dexcom (huge discrepancies which drive me absolutely nuts!) is also in our meters. It would help me to know I'm reading the most accurate blood sugar science can bring us at this time. I just don't quite know how to find and evaluate that. I'm not a great "trend" reading person, Dexcom's claim to fame, esp when the values are so far off. But I'm learning that I guess some measure of where you're at without having to test so frequently is better than nothing.

It is frustrating that advances are slow in coming, however comparing to the iPhone isn't valid. Apple doesn't have to have every change approved by the FDA. When I got my 7+ in 2009, it was expected that there would be smaller pods in six to nine months. We still don't have them.




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