My new Endo has allowed me to trial the new Dexcom Share .. and I was able to put it on yesterday afternoon. I’ve had it almost 24 hours, and here’s my initial review, as well as a comparison to the Medtronic (MedT) CGM, which is the only other CGM I have worn. (I will be comparing it to the Medtronic SofSensor, which is the one I currently have; there is a newer version called Enlite that I have not personally tried.)
The first huge difference I noticed was the insertion process. Holy smokes it is SO different than the MedT one. With the MedT CGM, the needle is ginormous and has to go in very deep, at a specific angle. The nurse that put the Dexcom in my arm (disclaimer – the arm is not an FDA approved site, but it is common to wear it there, because for me at least, I get great absorption, and it is out of the way) was giving me a play by play as she was doing everything. I was having a hard time seeing what she was doing, but she was describing it as she did each step. And if she had not been doing that, I may not have even known the needle was in my arm – it seriously felt like a light pin prick. I even asked her if that was it. 🙂 I have had friends tell me that it hurts a lot less, but I truly did not expect it to hurt THAT much less.
There was a 2 hour waiting period to wait to calibrate it, which is the same as with the MedT sensor. So I was used to that. After the 2 hours, I was able to start seeing my blood sugars on the screen.
I got in the elevator at work and took a quick pic of it so I could show what it looks like. Keep in mind I will likely keep it in a more concealed area going forward, but I’m not ashamed to have my diabetes equipment showing – it has opened up many discussions in the past, and I’m ok with that. 🙂
I am someone that tends to do better overall when I wear my CGM – and that is a total psychological thing, and I will blog separately about that. But for this trial, I have given access to not only my husband, but also 2 of my friends that have T1 kiddos. They are both curious how it works, so this will enable them to see what the Share feature looks like on their end, if their child was wearing the DexShare. 😉 I told them I’m not ashamed of my numbers – they get it. 🙂 But, luckily my numbers have been GREAT so far. And I know that’s not the norm, and I know they won’t stay this great, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
This morning, my husband asked me if I went low overnight. I told him that I must not have gone too low, because I have the alarm set to go off if I go <75, and he said it looks like I got right above that. And then about 30 min later, one of my friends I mentioned above texted me and asked me the same question. 🙂
This is what it looks like from the app on my phone –
I have also noticed that it is staying calibrated very well so far and staying very close to what my finger sticks are showing. I’m writing those down, as well, so I can compare, but so far it’s right on track.
The only cons I have found so far, and they aren’t really even “cons” and are certainly not negative enough things to keep me from considering making the switch are –
The site itself sticks out more than I’m used to. I did hit it as I was getting out of the car this morning and was worried I may have knocked it out, but I didn’t. Also, the tape is not sticking very well, but I am sure there are things to fix that – I just haven’t gotten there yet. At this point, I’m only hoping it lasts till I go back to the dr on Monday.
I’m also noticing today that the tape is a little itchy. I have heard of others having this issue, so I am sure there are work arounds for that as well.
And one of the main reasons I was always hesitant to try the Dex was because I did not want to carry 2 devices around. With my MedT CGM, I can read the graph on my pump itself, which is already attached to me 24/7 anyway. The Dexcom receiver reaches 22 ft and can read through walls (the MedT cannot – in fact, it has to even be on the same side of my body as my pump, because it cannot read through the water inside my body) so I have been able to go throughout my house and have it continue to read my blood sugars. I have found at work, though, that if I leave it in my purse, and walk down the hall, I come back and have the dashes meaning I went out of range and it has to catch back up. Also, when I pick up my sons at daycare, if I leave it in the car, it cannot read that far. It is no big deal in the grand scheme of things, because it’s only a few minutes that I’m out of range. But if I do decide to make the switch, I will likely figure out a way to keep it closer to me in those instances.
It’s barely been 24 hours, but so far I am very impressed. Let’s see what the next few days hold! Stay tuned.