Do it!! It's a game changer.
I got a G5 in June. When I see my doctor in a week, I will be recommending any of her diabetic patients should be wearing one. I am pretty confident that my A1C is going to have a healthy drop from a good number last spring. I can see trends, I can exercise harder and see when I should stop due to impending hypoglycemia instead of actually waiting until I am already there and having to treat it with food I should not be eating. I helped my daughter move last month and accidentally knocked it off. I felt lost without it. It is a fantastic product. There are a few downsides... such as getting obsessive about the readings, bumping into things and tearing it off, the insurance aggravation but overall the good outweighs the bad.
Oh, and one more downside... if you wear it in a visible spot (mine is on my triceps) after a couple of days the adhesive patch begins to curl and in general just get knarly looking. I wear an overpatch to combat this. I have also learned to carefully remove and replace the patch while not pulling the sensor out to extend the life of the sensor, but don't tell Dexcom this. I got 6 weeks out of my last sensor.
I almost got two weeks. My arm began aching and I thought that was not a good sign, so I removed it.
Murayama I had a spot on my abdomen that was like that. I could only think that I must have aggravated a nerve.
Marten, when I took the transmitter and sensor patch, I noticed an area that was scabby and raised, maybe just from the length of time it was on. Almost like having a rubber band too tight on your wrist.
What part of the body did you have it in Marten
Ribsamen I wear my Dexcom on the spot of the indent of my triceps. So if I flex my arm to a straight position, I find the spot where it is closest to the bone but next to the muscle.
I've had mine for 3 months and love it! A1c has improved and I'm finally at the point where I don't find myself checking it every 5 minutes lol
Totally worth it! You will love it
So expensive am the G5 set up. I can get a month out of my Medtronic CGM
I have the AnimasVibe with Dexcom and can get two weeks.
It will be the best decision you ever made for your health. Go to bed and not worry if you're going to wake up. Not really have lows anymore because of the trend arrows. It's wonderful and life-changing.
Sorry to be out of the loop, but what is a Dexcom?
Continuous glucose monitor.
I’ve had it a little longer for a week and I love it. My numbers are so much better.
I wonder how do u extend if it tells u to change the sensor.... do you recalibrate without removing the sensor as if u put a new one?
Yes, stop sensor without removing and then restart.
Has literally changed my life. Worth every single penny! Just make sure you get the G5
It gves you an internal view versus "feeling" numbers. Wish I had it the first 50 years. It is the future so jump onboard.
LOVE IT! Such an incredible help to my diabetes care.
Love mine. Husband can see my bs on his phone
T2. I chose not to do it because I get horrible rashes/skin irritation from just about any kind of adhesive. It was a hard decision That I revisit often. I did get a ONE DROP meter with a subscription for unlimited strips so I can test as much as I want/need. That was a game changer for me.
I was concern about when I shower. How to cover it.
Antionette the sensor? No need. It's waterproof
LOVE it. It allows me to make so much better informed decisions because of so much data (and the ability to spot trends), and it allowed me to cut back from 8-10 MDIs to just 2 (to calibrate) each day. I monitor mine from my Apple Watch and my iPhone.
do you know if it works with Fitbit
Antionette It does not.
Fitbit in the works. Ionic smartwatch. Not sure when it will be available.
I love my Dexcom G5, it has given me some freedom. I don't always feel my lows and this warns me ahead of time that my bs is dropping so I can make corrections. There were things I wouldn't do before I started wearing it.
It's awesome and I wouldn't have to extra control I've achieved without the great information it provides.
some day hopefully my insurance will cover it. can not wait for that day
So y'all think Dexcom over Medtronics? Why?
Right now, we're waiting on the new Medtronic. The supply can't keep up with the demand. We got the runaround for a few weeks until I pressed our rep on it. Not pleased.
I love being able to pre-treat a potential low blood sugar. It's also great to use when I'm exercising to see where I am without needing to stop and test. It also showed me how I spiked every morning after breakfast and I was able to find out through trial and error how early I needed to prebolus to help with that. I love it and hate the two-hour warm up period when I can't see how I'm trending. I've found that I like using my arms (biceps) since it doesn't hurt as much there and I can restart the same sensor at least two times giving me 14-21 days before needing to insert a new sensor.
I really love it! The one thing I wish I knew before I went to the doctor is they charge your like $100 to read the results so keep that in mind when u go to your doctor after getting it or ask them if they charge extra first! But A1c was consistently a 7-7.5 and got it down to 6.4 still more work to go but it's awesome!
Thank you for that info, cause for some reason my sugsr got out of control and they just keep on adding more insulin, When I exrcise my BS gose up. So I stopped and now it wont come down. Very frustratted.
Antionette that is frustrating! Hope the dexcom helps some!
My teenage son was hesitant to go on it. Now he never wants to be without it. It gives you such valuable information without needing to poke your finger so often. We can't recommend it enough.
A1C has greatly improved the two years I have had mine...so happy I got mine!
Best insights ever into what your diabetes is doing! Such a helpful tool! Can help with being more aggressive with targets. Allows for some peace of mind and grows confidence in the numbers!
Don't know how I got by before I had mine. I am hypo-unaware and it has saved my life in more ways than one
I just got approved for one as well...cant wait to take the next step! Everyone seems so positive about it. I love that some thing has helped make life easier, more manageable and safer for my fellow diabetics
Ok, what is it?
Just got a Dexcom CGM after it was approved by Medicare. Medtronic was not approved. So far it seems as if Dexcom has been more accurate.
Are the going to pay for the (sorry don't know what its called) sensor? i have medicare too. I have to do the foot work on that the doc said.
They told me Medicare would pay 80% and that my supplements should pay the other 20%. I have no warning signs at all on lows.
I've had mine for almost a year and it has made an amazing difference for me! It keeps a me informed and I can adjust accordingly. It also has alleviated the worry over lows as I set the low alarm to warn me early enough to react before I get symptoms.
I love mine. It's not perfect, but it's given me so much insight into this disease and how it affects me personally.
I love my Dexcom it’s honestly the best thing that has happened to me since my boys were born. The best part is I don’t have to prick my finger constantly. It took about 2 weeks to make to feel comfortable that the machine was as accurate as my meter and I love it now.
Do it! It changed my life!