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G6 question

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by quiltinmom, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. quiltinmom

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    Hi!

    Has anyone used g6 yet?

    My 16 year old son has had diabetes since age 7. He’s been using g4 for several years, and we are considering upgrading to g6. Is it shipping out yet? For those, if any, who have used it, what are the main advantages of the new system? He’s interested in the ‘no calibration’ feature, but we would be sad to lose the longer sensor life we’ve been getting with g4. Is there an improved algorithm? Also he doesn’t have a phone, so would be using the receiver. Is the newer one ok? Is it durable? I know practically nothing about it (i let him do most of the research, haha). Do you think it’s worth it to give up longer sensor life for the other improvements?

    Any thoughts about this would be appreciated!

    Thank you!
     
  2. Christopher

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    Hi,
    I was told by a Dexcom rep that the next time we ordered a new transmitter we would get the G6. That will be in about a month. But I think they are shipping now.

    As to the advantages, I think they are: not having to calibrate, an easier sensor inserter that can be done with one touch, a smaller transmitter with a lower "profile" (read not as bulky), and acetaminophen blocking, meaning that medication will not effect the readings.

    I think we will give it a try, but it will be hard to not have the longer time between sensor changes.
     
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  3. quiltinmom

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    Thank you, Christopher! :)



     
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    I haven't been here in a LONG time. I guess Facebook has taken the place of message boards for me. Anyway - hope all of you are well. We have G6. So far, my daughter (15) has been really happy with it.

    Insertion is quick (though not painless for her as others have reported), she loves not calibrating and she rarely if ever tests anymore, the low profile means it hasn't snagged on anything (arm wearer) and the adhesive sticks to her much better than the g5 adhesive. We (she) doesn't mind the 10 day shut off because we could never get the G5's to stick much longer than a week anyway so we were never able to stock up to save on sensors.

    Just waiting for Tandem's Basal IQ rollout now!
     
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    Have you tried GrifGrips or something similar? It really helps the sensor to stay in place longer. Just a thought.
     
  8. Christopher

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    We just got the G6 yesterday and I was really excited to try it. The setup was super easy, she was shocked at how easy and painless the sensor insertion was and the low profile of the new transmitter is also great. So far so good!
     

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