Type1 for 30 Plus Years

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Type1 for 30 Plus Years

For those who've had Type 1 diabetes for a long time. I don't really care how long. Just long.

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Sorry Honey...

Started by Stuart. Last reply by dgzee on Wednesday. 27 Replies

Had a little "challenge" this week, which suffice to say I won't go into detail about. It was bad, really, really bad (sic. diabetic stuff) by any possible measure.My question for you my peers....…Continue

Tags: sorry, advice, counsel, experience, lover

50y.o. (almost) now what ...

Started by Stuart. Last reply by Jane Dullius Oct 22. 8 Replies

Nearing fifty "soon", what kind of changes were necessary for YOU, re: dosages and so forth.How much did you need to tweak the carb counting? How much did you have to change/alter what you used to…Continue

Tags: percentage, anticipated-changes, anticipate, anticipated, formula

You Did Not Take Good Care Of Yourself???

Started by Richard157. Last reply by artwoman Oct 17. 27 Replies

Those of us who have been type 1 for a very long time have probably dealt with a lot of ignorance from people giving us bad advice. Has anyone ever told you that "You Did Not Take Care Of Yourself"?…Continue

insulin pump vs shots perplexed

Started by Francie. Last reply by Stuart Oct 16. 18 Replies

T1 36 years w/ insulin resistance for 3 years . . . I was put on the pump 5 years ago to gain better control which looking back, was a horrible mistake, i needed twice as much insulin to control…Continue

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Comment by Robert Yancey on September 9, 2014 at 6:41pm
Hi Rene, sorry it took so long for me to reply. Yes the 530g is the one that shuts itself off. It is the reason I switched and got it. Ironically,I never use it for that feature. I will probably use it again once I get the alarms dialed in a little better.
As far as the Dexcom goes, be careful with using it more than a week. When I used it,I would regularly get two quality weeks out of it. You will get that too, but maybe not at first.when it starts to go bad you will get question marks and missed readings.
How is it going for you?
Comment by Rene on September 9, 2014 at 12:54pm

Hi All; I just put my first Dexcom sensor on and it was a job. Getting the sensor snap in almost defeated me. Now we wait and see.
Is there a software program that works on Mac? Dexcom doesn't seem to like Mac. Anyone else have this problem?

Comment by artwoman on September 7, 2014 at 11:03am

I think you are asking about charging the battery in the transmitter. If that's your question, no. It isn't rechargeable. It lasts anywhere from the 6 months according to Dexcom to about 18 months for me. The receiver of course, is plugged in to recharge. Since I pay out of pocket for my CGM, I aim for three weeks out of each sensor. I click on stop sensor. Wait about 5 minutes (I I 'spose I am thinking I am tricking the system into believing it takes me 5 minutes to insert a new sensor - but how would it know!?!?!) Then I click on start sensor, go through the 2 hours set up and I'm good to go for another week. I use Skin Tac adhesive when I insert the sensor so that it stays put.

Comment by Rene on September 7, 2014 at 10:47am

Thank you. I will go to Dexcom users I'm just more comfortable here. Is it necessary to charge the battery pack after a week in order to make it last longer? I hope that is understandable.

Comment by Richard157 on September 7, 2014 at 8:46am

The Dexcom sensors typically last two weeks, so they can be restarted when prompted by the CGM and no sensor change is necessary. Some users restart a second time and go even longer than two weeks. When accuracy is lost, it is time to change sensors.

Be sure to visit the Dexcom Users group here on TuD, it has more than 1500 members. They are very helpful.

Comment by lisa c on September 7, 2014 at 8:43am

the sensor will say...change sensor soon around day 7. At that time you can stop sensor and start it gain and get a few more days out of it. Most people get another full week, but I only get a few days. When the readings get off, I change it. No worries !

Comment by Rene on September 7, 2014 at 7:48am

Wait Lisa I thought the sensor lasted 7 or 8 days what is this about restart? My fingers would so love only 4 times a day.I do thank you all for your help with this.

Comment by lisa c on September 7, 2014 at 3:33am

I used to test 15 plus times a day. The dex has me testing 4 times now as I totally trust it most days. Only after 7 days and restart do I test more often as I find it has a shelf life . You will find what works for you.

Comment by Rene on September 6, 2014 at 6:56pm

Sounds like something I would do. when I started there aaas no such thing as strips I am afraid I'm one of those people, control freak. Well I'll hope for my ability to trust and relax.

Comment by artwoman on September 6, 2014 at 6:08pm

I test that much because I always had - before CGM. I tested about 8-10x before I was clued into the fact that having type 1 meant my insurance would cover my test strips. I just paid a ton of money. Then a colleague with type 1 mentioned that her health plan covered testing. I hauled my butt to my Endo and got an rx. I am by nature anal-retentive and self-controlling (better than being a pain and trying to control others!). It helps me have numbers (all numbers not just bg) in the healthy non-d range. My Dexcomn4 is very very accurate. I tst to confirm where I am once I notice a change in the trend arrow.

 

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