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    Default Dexcom G5 users....

    I'm getting the Dexcom for my 8 year old daughter. (Very excited) I have a few questions. We plan to just use an iPhone. Since we will be purchasing her a phone I'm going to try and get an older version so it's a bit cheaper. I also want the option of the sharing feature. Anyone have an idea of how much data the app uses? I'll try and get her hooked up to wifi at the school at least. It might be shotty though. Also for her sports, if I don't want her wearing the phone ... how quickly would the app pick back up readings once in range again. I'm thinking soccer for instance. If she comes off for a shift and sits in range to her phone will it update where she currently is quickly or if it has been out of range is this quite a process?
    Thanks for any info any one has.
    Shannon
    Mother of 2 girls.
    Kaitlyn age 8 dx T1D Jan 30/2017
    Riley age 10 peanut allergy

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    Hi Shannon. We use Share too. I can't tell you exactly how much data the app uses, but it's not a lot. Put it this way, it's negligible enough that I didn't notice a difference in our data usage when he started using it.

    With respect to the app picking her back up again once she is in range...it varies a lot. Sometimes right away, and sometimes we have to re-pair the transmitter with the phone. Things have been better in this regard for us lately, so I do wonder if they have made some server upgrades.

    You're really going to love the Dexcom. It has allowed my son to have so much more freedom than he would otherwise, and has allowed me to have frequent good nights of sleep.
    Mom to J., age 13
    Dx 2007 @ age 3
    Medtronic pump and CGM (4/2008-6/2013)
    Tandem t:slim and Dexcom G5 CGM (current)

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    Don't buy too old of iPhone without talking to Dexcom first. We just had to buy my daughter a new phone, so she called and talked to them before purchasing. The person she talked to said the 4s is rather a dinosaur and it won't be long before it's not supported. We ended up getting her a used 6 in hopes of not needing to update phones for a while.

    Hawkeye Girl nailed with with "It has allowed my son to have so much more freedom than he would otherwise". It's a game-changer. The nights...all depend on how many variables are in play that counteract each other and whether our best guess on adjusting basal nails it. Not its fault, and it definitely allows for greater quality of sleep, knowing they're monitored. Before cgm, we tried to have all mealtime insulin worn off before (my) bedtime. That really wouldn't fly in a later teen's life when they get off work starving hungry at late hours.
    8/2010 - 9/2011 MDI, Lantus & Humalog
    9/2011- Medtronic Revel 723 & CGM
    11/2012 - Dexcom G4
    2013 - Cut-The-Cord for water times after multiple Aquapac failures
    10/2015 - T-slim

    "Life is not waiting for the storms to pass, but learning to DANCE in the rain."

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll look into the phone thing more for sure.
    We go through so many strips it is insane. She plays soccer and runs track. Her bs response is completely dependent on if it is a game or a practice and sometimes it even varies depending on which coach is there. If this frees us and her up from checking her sugar immediately before practice, during and after it will be a huge win for us.
    I also know there is no way at this point I would sleep my night away but it will be so much easier to glance at my phone rather than trying to check her without waking her up.
    I still have to look into phones and the best medical tape to keep it secure and on for longer.....
    Shannon
    Mother of 2 girls.
    Kaitlyn age 8 dx T1D Jan 30/2017
    Riley age 10 peanut allergy

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    My DD has a pre-owned iPhone 4S on the Ting network that we got last September. I just looked through all the bills since then, and the most that we have used was 50 mb. However, she is homeschooled and connects via Wi-Fi as much as possible. That keeps the usage down. Not happy to hear that they will eventually pull support for the 4S, but I supposed it's inevitable. I look forward to when they will support Share on the Android network and I can add her to the Republic Wireless that the rest of us have. Easier to pay one bill than two.
    Mom to Molly (born 11/07) T1D dx 5/14 Celiac dx 3/15
    Dexcom G5 9/16, tSlim 8/15, Asante Snap 5/15, Dexcom G4 10/14
    and three other nonD DDs - 17, 16, 12

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    We used Hypafix for the first four years and just tried Opsite Flexifix after reading about it here. My daughter prefers the Opsite Flexifix now for the sensor since it's in use for a couple weeks, but for her Contact Detach sites, she prefers Hypafix. The Opsite is so stuck still after 2-3 days that it rips her skin to remove it.

    (On that note, don't be afraid to order new things to sample, even if your kid tells you no. I've discovered that the resistance to trying something new is less when frustration is involved and the alternative to try is easily available. My daughter was furious with me for ordering sample steel sites, but she wears them almost all the time now. My frustration with kinks just preceded hers by a couple of weeks.)

    I ordered the label punch from Amazon, and it works like a dream with the Dexcom. http://https://www.amazon.com/EK-too...ews/B00GGLAL7E

    We still test several times a day (or nights), but far, far less than before cgm.

    We try to get calibrations in at lows, in range, and highs during the first 24 hours. It seems to make it much more accurate for the remainder of the week.

    "Lows" get stuck at night because the interstatial fluid isn't moving around much, so I never retreat a nighttime low without a verifying finger check to make sure she's still low. Often it's just lag time, but there's the times it's not, so I'm just more comfortable verifying what's happening with blood.
    8/2010 - 9/2011 MDI, Lantus & Humalog
    9/2011- Medtronic Revel 723 & CGM
    11/2012 - Dexcom G4
    2013 - Cut-The-Cord for water times after multiple Aquapac failures
    10/2015 - T-slim

    "Life is not waiting for the storms to pass, but learning to DANCE in the rain."

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    Thanks guys. All good advice.
    Shannon
    Mother of 2 girls.
    Kaitlyn age 8 dx T1D Jan 30/2017
    Riley age 10 peanut allergy

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    Hi everyone!
    We are also in the process of getting Dexcom 5 for the first time. We are gonna use a receiver
    5-year-old son
    Dx at age 2
    Pumping with Animas Ping

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    Dexcom Canada is saying the android support will be available in September. I am hoping for earlier than that because my DD is going on a student exchange several provinces away and I want to have it up and running by then. Worst case scenario I will get a used I pod touch, or borrow one to use and put data on it until android is available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sey76 View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I'll look into the phone thing more for sure.
    We go through so many strips it is insane. She plays soccer and runs track. Her bs response is completely dependent on if it is a game or a practice and sometimes it even varies depending on which coach is there. If this frees us and her up from checking her sugar immediately before practice, during and after it will be a huge win for us.
    I also know there is no way at this point I would sleep my night away but it will be so much easier to glance at my phone rather than trying to check her without waking her up.
    I still have to look into phones and the best medical tape to keep it secure and on for longer.....
    My daughter plays competitive soccer as well and we hardly ever do a prick before, during or after. We just make sure she is where she needs to be according to Dex before. She won't pick up most of the time during a game or practice, but if she gets close enough to her bag during a drill or takes a break during a game, she will often ping once so we know a general idea of where she is. If there is any question, or there is an extreme high or low, we will have her prick but it makes the whole process much less of a bother.
    MEVsmom]Mother to 11 yr old with rare, neurodegenerative condition (Passed away February of 2015) and an 11 yr old with T1D, diagnosed 7/23/13
    NPH and Humalog 7/23/13-11/20/13
    Lantus and Humalog 11/21/13-4/21/14
    Pumping with a blue Animas Ping since 4/22/14
    Dexcom G4 - September 2013 - present

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