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How often do you calibrate your Dexcom G4?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Shopgirl2091, Jun 19, 2013.

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How often do you calibrate your Dexcom G4?

  1. Every 12 hours

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  2. Every time I test

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  3. Never, I just ignore the calibration sign

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  1. Shopgirl2091

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    We have been CGMing for about a week and I am just curious - how often do you calibrate? Do you feel it is more or less accurate with more or less calibration?
     
  2. cm4kelly

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    Generally - 12 hours

    Generally I calibrate every twelve hours. However, as most people do, I calibrate it again if it is way off.
     
  3. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    We probably do 3, maybe 4 in a 24 hrs period. When it requests one, obviously, but also if the numbers are nice and steady and also if the calibration request is on a bad schedule for us, like the middle of the night or during school then we'll calibrate earlier to reset the clock
     
  4. nanhsot

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    I need an "other"....it's definitely more than every 12, but not EVERY test. I think, particularly in the first few days of a new sensor, the more you calibrate the more it learns, but it's probably somewhere in the range of every 6-8 hours, so maybe 3-4 times in a 24 hour period, vs the recommended 2.
     
  5. swellman

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    I didn't vote as none fit our situation. We enter BG every time it's off by more than around 15% unless we know BG is rapidly rising or falling.
     
  6. StacyMM

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    In between. First day, we usually calibrate every test, then it drops to 3-4 times a day.
     
  7. Beach bum

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    Generally 3x's a day. So, I did not vote.
     
  8. MomofSweetOne

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    This is what we do.
     
  9. TheFormerLantusFiend

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    I voted every time I test, but i only test about twice per day now.
     
  10. mmgirls

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    Twice.

    When it is right on

    and

    When it is off

    Honestly, the the only real daily cal we do is first thing in the AM with the breafast BG test. Then I use the above criteria to cal.
     
  11. LoveMyHounds

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    Every time, unless BG is falling or rising really fast.
    Shopgirl, do you love your G4? We do! Very much! :)
     
  12. liasmommy2000

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    It depends. If she's with me, every check. But when she's off with a friend, school etc, only if she texts me and I remind her etc. She feels her lows very much so hates the Dex and doesn't yet see the point of it so basically ignores it as much as possible. Sigh.
     
  13. dianas

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    With Dexcom I was taught by the reps to calibrate at all levels of bg ( ie high sugars, in range, and mild lows) early in the life of a sensor and I have personally found this to be helpful so the first day or two I may calibrate up to 4 times a day to catch a broader range of blood sugars.

    After that I tend to calibrate twice a day or when it's off. When it's off I've also learned the hard way to repeat the fingerstick first as lots of times it's actually the meter reading that was off.

    Like others I avoid calibrating during times of rapid change.
     
  14. MamaC

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    This is what we do, as well.
     
  15. Shopgirl2091

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    We do love ours! I am amazed to follow the trends and see things that make him spike. Last night we caught him dropping low very fast, and it was so nice to be able to catch it - because he gives me no sign at all.

    It is such a wonderful device to have :)
     
  16. Thornbird

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    We've had ours for only 3 days now, and I've found myself calibrating it often. I think when I was first reading the manual and watching the tutorials I thought it would be really bothersome to have to calibrate all the time, but now I realize it's easy to do, and only takes a couple seconds, so I've been doing it about 4 times a day, unless rapidly rising or falling.

    Oh and I LOVE it. Love, love, love.

    DS is taking a nap right now. Usually (pre-Dex) I would sit and worry that he may be going low, and eventually give in and wake him up so I could test him. Now, I'm sitting here with the receiver (transmitter?- can never remember) watching him stay nice and steady around 130. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....:)
     
  17. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    It's the receiver that you read. The transmitter is what clicks into the sensor :cwds:

    We love ours as well, call it "Wilson" and it's a godsend
     
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  18. KatieSue

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    Ours is Harold. We calibrate whenever it's way off or it asks.
     
  19. Nancy in VA

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    I didn't have an option that fit my calibrations. We calibrate before each meal, when she is most stable, and then one of us calibrates before WE go to bed. Then, we never get the blood drop because we calibrate more frequently. Its rarely off by more than a few points, and usually that's just the first day.
     

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