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I've switched to Dexcom from the MM CGM about 2 months ago and am loving it! I do, however, have two boxes left of MM senors. Any idea what I can do with them?
TuD has a page of resources, some of which would gladly take those off your hands. The list is here: http://www.tudiabetes.org/notes/Diabetes_Patient_Assistance_Resources
Since they are prescription items, the only thing you can do is donate them. I think insulin-pumpers.org accepts them. Here is the info about donating to them:
Hi Donna, just checked the boxes and one expires next month and one is already expired (sadly). I've used expired sensors in the past and they worked just fine, but I'm sure others have hesitations on that. I'll definitely check out the resources posted
My experiences are only with the older CGM, not the Enlite. I've made the switch from MM to Dexcom for a few reasons: the accuracy on the Dexcom is so much better than the Minimed one. Minimed's accuracy is terrible and its frightening. I changed how many times I would calibrate and when I would calibrate and the accuracy was still off. I stuck with Minimed's CGM for awhile, about two years, because I love the idea of one device, but I'd rather have an accuracy over the connivence of having one device.
Another reason is simply the pain factor. At this point, after being diabetic for so long, I can deal with the pain, but if there is another CGM out that reduces the pain, I'm going with that one.
I also started having huge issues with my CGM sites with the Minimed one. I tried different placement, like my legs and arms, but those sites would bleed and I would have to switch back to my stomach, therefore wasting a sensor. Real estate on my stomach started to become very limited. The Dexcom sensor is very comfortable to wear on my legs, which I am assuming is due to the needle/wire size.
I also believe that cost is very different between both. Seeing how Dexcom is approved to last 7 days and people have gotten them to last much much longer, the cost of sensor is much less than MM. Personally for me, out of pocket expenses were less for Dexcom than for MM.
Janet, how were you experiences with the new Enlite? Why are you switching?
Hi. Are you talking about enlite sensor? If yes, you didn't like it? I noticed some people are switching to Dexcom. I got enlite sensor a month ago and it's working out fine for me.
I had the previous version, the Revel I believe? I've heard mixed things about the new Enlite sensors. I had asked my doctor if she recommended upgrading to the Enlite or just switching altogether to the Dexcom and she suggested the latter.
Thanks for the info about hearing loss, yes I had never heard of that either, but google returned lots of info. I switched from the MM original CGM soft sensor with large transmitter to the soft sensor & minilink transmitter to the Enlite sensor. Enlite does go in much easier and less pain because smaller needle and wire. But alas it is not as accurate as the Dexcom. Also Enlite now listed as 6 days, and I can sometimes get good results even on day 7. I stick with MM because I still want the 1 pump-receiver combo.
Wow, I've never had hearing loss detailed to me as a complication. Thank you for sharing! I am loving the Dexcom. The different alarms are great. I really like how based on the alarm I know what the Dexcom is telling me unlike the MM one, which just had one profile.