Becoming Bionic

If you read regularly, you probably know that I did a seven an eight day trial of a Dexcom CGM. If you don’t read regularly, I did a trial of a Dexcom CGM.

From Dexcom.com

I got very comfortable with the system during my trial, it actually alerted me to a bad infusion site hours before a blood sugar check would have. When I gave the system back after my trial, I thought that I’d wait to see how after just one week I reacted to being without it. For the next few days, I found myself reaching for a receiver that no longer existed and checking my blood sugar more often to actually know what was happening. So I ordered one.

The graph that all my graphs wish they could be

My new robot parts were waiting at the leasing office when I arrived home from work but because of crazy busy weekend plans, I didn’t have the proper amount of time to review the tutorial disc and insert a sensor for the first time until Sunday afternoon. All in all, the insertion seemed scarier to me than it really was. For my trial, the rep/nurse inserted the sensor for me and it just felt like a poke. For my first self insertion, it more definitely felt like I was plunging a long needle into my stomach and leaving a wire behind.

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The wire that gets inserted

It was kind of like my first self-injection. They at least warn you that it’ll be an awkward process for awhile.

I already like the system. Last night, it alerted me to a low prior to the start of symptoms.

It does feel really strange to have another device on my body. I also don’t have many “fatty areas” to place the sensors (an issue that I also encounter with pod placements). I feel like there is the possibility that I’ll be placing it in muscle at some point, which may not be a good thing.

Seriously though, all of my “issues” with the Dexcom are personal, like I’m freaked out I’ll drop the receiver in the toilet since it spends so much time in my pocket (I am proud to say that I’m not in the 20% or so of smartphone users who have dropped their device in a toilet).

Note: I started using a Dexcom system for my own health management not at the request of anyone. Dexcom did not request nor compensate me for this post (or any others I’ve written about them).

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Posted on June 4, 2012, in My Life, Type 1 Diabetes and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Congrats on your new Dexcom! I hope it will be continually useful for you 🙂 My favorite place for sensors is my outer thigh. Aside from once in a blue, that’s actually the only spot I use. Not sure if you use your pods there but if not may be a good one.

    • I have 8 rotating sites that I use for my pods, after that I’m out of real estate so I guess they’ll have to have some sort of counter rotation. I trialed it on my arm and that worked pretty well, but it wasn’t a self-insertion.

  2. I’m struggling to get mine approved by insurance right now so I’m really jealous of you! For me, the knowledge of what my sugars are doing ALL the time will hopefully outweigh the uncomfortableness of insertion and finding new real estate. Now to get approval….

  3. My hubby is getting a Dexcom next week. I’m stoked!

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