For all those Dex/Medtronic users, I have some questions for you:

1) Do you use Medtronic's little mini-remote to bolus?

2) If so, does that mean you're juggling four devices (pump, meter, remote, Dex) on a day-to-day basis?

3) Are you happy that you chose the Dex over Medtronic's own CGM?


I am also happy to speak to you via phone or Skype. My Skype name is ilovekids123, and am in front of the computer a good chunk of the day.

Thanks!
Jan

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YES!
Say more, Korrie.
Timeline: Pump, MM 722 began Jan 2008, A1c 7.8, CGMS started about 2 weeks later - MM CGMS - April 2008 a1c to 6.4, and has been 6.8, 6.6, 6.3, 6.8, 7.2, 7.1, 6.3. All of these with on again off again MM CGMS useage. (guess where no cgms!)
Sept 2010, a1c 6.7
Dexcom recd Oct 2010, watched videos, poked it in and was off to the races. No training. Jan 2011 a1c 6.3, May a1c 6.1 I have worn Dex almost consistantly, only 2 to 3 days off a couple of times, otherwise only downtime is overnight when I have to change sensors.
If i really watch the carbs and measure and bolus correctly and watch the Dex I can come near to flatlining over a 24 hr period many days in a row. No more wacky nights (always a problem with MM), insertion painless with Dex. 14 days of readings most of the time. Yes, there are wacky sensors with the Dex. Yes, sometimes the Dex is off when compared to a finger stick. Yes, sometimes the Dex takes a while to "catch up" to rapid sugar changes. Yes, I still swing high and low, even with being plugged into the Dex. But I can more easily catch the swings and hopefully prevent them from becoming to radical.
That being said, we are all different. I have found Dex to work better for me as compared to MM. MM would work, but I had lots of trouble with it, especially during the night. So for me, all the juggling is well worth it.
My goal is to maintian the a1c below 6.3, and not have the ups and downs of the a1c like before - which should then indicate my blood sugars are much more stable.
Thanks, Korrie!
After you get used to it, the juggling is an easy act to do. And worth it.
I really really REALLY want dexcom with my MM 723 insulin pump.
Many people do, Desiree. Call Dexcom and get the ball rolling!

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