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Dexcom G4, age 3, week 1 review

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by fiaz, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. fiaz

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    We started on the dexcom g4 on Friday. It came with 1 transmitter and a month's supply of sensors (4). My original purpose was to use it for basal and bolus testing one week per month. Apparently the G4 had other ideas! This is our first experience with a cgm as well. What it has done in three days is give us a lot of peace of mind. We haven't slept this well since dx!
    The applicator looks scary. I gave dd some m and m's to go through with this. After using the applicator, we have to seat the transmitter on the thingy. That was a bit difficult, hope it gets easier with practice. But I would say she screamed for a couple of seconds and that was it. She has never mentioned it again and never notices it even though the transmitter juts out on her tiny frame. We have also told her this reduces the nbr of finger pricks.
    I thought we would use it just one week per month but I think the lifestyle benefit is too great. The hair size thing that goes in her tummy ( that was our main concern) seems safe too after studying about it.
    The accuracy is very liveable. The alert while grocery shopping with dd was so useful.
    The only con so far is that dd loves the receiver, calls it her ipod! There is no screen lock like there is on her pump. Or I need to re-check the manual.
    The other major con is obviously the cost, compared to test strips.
    I will post our experience with basal/bolus testing in a few days.
     
  2. MomofSweetOne

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    It sounds like getting it was the perfect dia-versary event! I would hate to go back to no-CGM at this point. The stress relief is incredible.
     
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    My DD is 28 mos. We are going to be meeting with the CGM reps next week. I was leaning towards the dex, but since minimed is coming out with their new smaller CGM next month we decided to hear them out too. I am nervous about DD actually keeping the sensor on and leaving it alone. This post gives me hope that it will all go pretty smoothly. Just praying that insurance will pick up some of the monthly cost.
     
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    Thanks for posting, sounds great! Do you find the range is good? We're getting our G4 by end of the week and I'm hoping the receiver can stay in a central spot in the house or with me. That's how we managed with our Guardian, and it worked well because of the 40 min memory had. But, with Dexcom's longer range, it might work as well. Fingers crossed. :)

    My son started CGM when he was 22 months old. We've always taped over the sensor and transmitter with Hypafix tape, no chance to mess with the sensor, and also it's more secure that way.

    Just curious - where did you hear about Minimed coming out with their new sensor next month?
     
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    We have been using G4 since August and although I planned on only using it when ds is sick I now can hardly wait til it's done callibrating, the two hours seem like eternity without knowing what's his bg is. The accuracy is pretty amazing and we always get two solid weeks out of each sensor. Most of times it is still just as accurate on day 14, but I change it anyways because the sensor starts looking kinda gross and worn out.
     
  6. fiaz

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    The range was a bit of a pleasant surprise. DD can be sleeping upstairs and we can be in the living room downstairs and it works no problem. I measured the distance and it comes to 48 ft.
    BTW, I remember you...you were one of the original people who encouraged us to get the pump and cgm, thanks!
     
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    Medtronic reps had a training on pre-launch stuff last week Thursday I believe on the 530g (U.S. Veo) and the enlite sensor, and from what I am hearing it is looking like an early December launch, but that is still speculative
     
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    DD's CDE told me about minimed. the enlite CGM. it's supposed to have a thinner cannula and be a little bit smaller profile. the insertion process is what looked scary to me on-line, so hopefully that changed too. not sure if the new pump, veo, is coming out at the same time or not. i'm hoping for the animas vibe to be approved soon to pair with the dex, but DD's CDE says the reps say it's still a ways away, not giving a projected date yet.

    i am hoping the receiver can just stay in DD's bag at daycare instead of her having to wear it. 48ft should be fine for in the building and her teacher could have it during recess. it may even be enough distance to keep the receiver in my room at night which would be awesome.

    thanks for idea about the tape. i knew we would have to secure it with something bc even if she didnt mess with it, there's a big chance it would get knocked off while climbing around the playscape or doing any of the busy silly things she does.

    i really appreciate everyone sharing their experiences with their CGMs and pumps. it is such a huge decision and when our kids are so small it is one we have to make without their input. so i am grateful that i can learn from other's experiences and also feel a little more at ease.
     
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    That range sounds awesome! And it's great to hear that the pump and CGM are working for you guys. I love technology! :)
     
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    If Medtronic really comes out with enlite soon (their rep told me 2 years ago that they will come out with it soon ;)), you can maybe trial both and see which works better for you. That's how we decided between Dexcom and Guardian 2 1/2 years ago. I do love the predictive alarms on Guardian, but I'm looking forward to easier insertion, longer range and longer sensor life with G4. Once enlite comes out, we might try that too, since we will still have Medtronic CGM system....

    As for insertion, it all seems scary at the beginning, right? I remember the first pump sites and all the anxiety. We actually do my son's CGM insertion after he goes to bed (with numbing cream) and he doesn't know a thing. But is surely is scarier than pump site insertion. :(
     
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    You're relatively new to this, so you might want to do a little searching on the Internet about projected release of th Enlite, Veo, and Vibe. Then take any projections of current release with a big grain of salt. Especially from a CDE. Even the companies don't know right up until the FDA approves a product.

    Enlite may very well be released next month. No question it seems to finally be getting close. But it could just as easily be months away. The last estimate from Medtronic at the ADA conference in June was another 12-18 months.

    We have all heard our own rumors and promises. When we first started pumping 4 years ago, our Animas rep told us the Vibe was a month or two away and that she had been to a launch training that week (back in 2008!)

    Honestly the best advice is to take into consideration all future technology in choosing a pump brand, but realize you may be using the current technology for a long time. So it needs to meet your needs as it is currently sold.
     
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    We did our first site change over the weekend. It was a breeze. We use Unisolve for the pump infusion, so I just used that and the adhesive came off easily. She did not complain or notice at all. Again, she got scared seeing the applicator but we had an easier time with the transmitter now that we have some experience. And for us first-timers dealing with little ones, another thing we noticed is that the sensor leaves a smaller footprint on the body compared to the pump (because it is not delivering anything)
    I am really happy with the Dexcom software! The first week of readings we had could be spliced and diced in different graphs. Really lovely! I made changes to her basal and bolus settings after studying the graphs and the results are already apparent.
    We got the claim info from Blue Shield of Calif and that is the only major sore point now.
     
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    How did you know when the sensor needed changed? We're used to looking at the Medtronic ISIG, so this one will be new to me? Did the accuracy decrease?
     
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    It gave a Replace Sensor Soon alert at 6 hrs prior, and again at 2 hrs prior. There was no noticeable deterioration in accuracy.
     
  15. mrcool

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    Did you restart the sensor for another 7 days, or just pulled it after the first 7 days?

    We inserted our first G4 sensor yesterday, had issues with ??? today, but now it's working fine again, though. The sensor is in the thigh, if we continue to have issues with ??? we'll try tummy next time. I do miss all the extra things that Medtronic Guardian CGM has, but I guess there's a learning curve in everything. We'll give Dexcom G4 some time. :)

    The range is pretty amazing, for sure!
     
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    We pulled it and inserted a new sensor. This is her first time with a cgm so we want to make sure her body adjusts to it. We will replace it promptly at 7 days, at least the first few months.
    When we get the ??? on rare occasions, it usually comes back in a few minutes, never an issue. I think we get it once in two days approx.
    Yesterday it asked for a calib even though we just did one half an hour ago. We had treated a low earlier. Maybe it got confused by that and needed reconfirmation. But overall, very minor issues...we haven't seen a Medtronic one so it is hard for us to do any comparison.
    Strange thing about the range...she made an igloo today out of sofa cushions :) and we got an out of range even though she was pretty close by. Sofa cushions are too thick for it, I guess!
     
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    LOL. I got an No Signal alarm early this morning because my daughter was sleeping with a pillow cuddled over the transmitter. But last night, when the receiver got left out in the car for over two hours, it continued to get most readings!!!
     
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    We havent seen any ??? yet. Do you take it out of range and bring it back to "reset" it? Or just let it go and it eventually comes back?
     
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    For us it just came back after 4 hrs or so. I did discover 1 hrs in ??? that the transmitter was not snapped in completely. Maybe that's why we had ???. It still took 3 hrs to start giving readings again.
     
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    If the transmitter does not get snapped in completely then water can get under from shower or bath and cause ???
     

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