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End to an Era: DEXCOM

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Well, there's a lot to say today. First of all, I'm sorry it took this long to get this posting typed up, but there was a lot happening that was related to the DEXCOM and its systems. Second, I was up at 4:15 am today because the receiver that I had been using alarmed with a false low. Unfortunately, I couldn't recalibrate it at the time because the arrows were straight down with 74 one arrow down. Oddly, it recalibrated on its own in time for me to get up again after going back to sleep for a few more hours this morning before breakfast.

Last week was the last G4 sensor I used. It was working pretty well except for the false low today, of course. I can't believe how time can go so fast sometimes. I had been using the G4 for almost 5 years. It was pretty reliable when things would work like they were suppose to. Nothing is perfect, but it was good compared to what I had years ago before using any type of CGM.

I spent most of my day on the phone getting the new system (G6) set up and working. If you look at the picture that's with this posting, the picture is of my new G6 receiver while it's in the 2 hour warm up period. No calibrations are needed for the new system unless you don't enter a code from the sensor itself before doing anything. The new receiver is touch screen. It's also a little bigger than my G4 receiver had been in comparison. The other thing is, you can have the sensors last for 10 days instead of just 7 days. So, saying that, depending on how the sensors go, I plan to do the postings and updates once or twice every 10 days from now on.

Well, this is all for now. Everyone stay safe, happy and healthy. :-) More to come soon.

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Thanks for your post. Please keep updating us on your new Dexcom, I for one find them very useful. I was going to get a Dexcom 6 a little while ago but I remember you telling me that there have been problems with this new one. I'll wait avidly for your updates as it may influence my decision on whether to buy one or not. I nearly bought an Abbot Freestyle and I'm so glad I didn't because there have been problems with supplying new sensors.

Take care and stay safe.

TT x.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ThyroidThora

I definitely will keep up with the updates. No worries about it.

Are you doing okay? Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Just got done with dinner tonight now.😀👍🌈


Thanks for your reply. I'm sorry I didn't reply I was asleep in bed. I'm replying now because this has been the first time today that I've had a chance to go online.

I'm doing ok but my blood sugars keep going a bit funny. I've been finding it hard to wake up because I think I've been having hypos. I'm getting headaches every day and paracetamol just doesn't get rid of them. It might be the warm weather causing the headaches but they're just a bit too often now. I'm going to look for your updates avidly because it might be time for me to buy a Dexcom 6.

Bye for now and take care, I need my shut eye.

TT x.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to ThyroidThora

We can talk later when you’re free tomorrow anytime.😀👍🌈

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Is G6 an upgraded version of G4?? Good thing is that it would not disturb from your sleep at early hours by false alarms!

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to namaha

Thank you! The G6 is actually two upgrades from the G4. I skipped the G5 system.

The alarms go off if I’m dropping. You can set up the system to do different sounds/alarms.😀👍🌈

Is the Dexcom 6 available on NHS. It seems a much better option than testing 4 x a day plus 4 insulin injections. I’m running out of skin area to use!!!!!

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Splodge60

You will have to ask your doctor and see what can be done. It took me a year to get moved up to the G6 after 4.5 years of using the G4. I hope this helps. Please let us know what you find out. When is your next appointment with the doctor? Can you get a virtual appointment over the phone?

Hi Leah, I’m sorry you were up at 4.30am so good luck with your new G6 set up. It looks straightforward and informative and changing every 10 days is better in every way. So I hope it’s more reliable for you.

You stay safe now and enjoy your day 🌈👍😀

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Thank you for saying this. I found out something that is different from the two systems. The 20 ft. range is stronger for the G6 then the G4. I went down the hallway today for something and came back— no loss data!😀👍🌈

One hopes this one gives you better service as you get used to using it. All new items take some adjustment(s) until it is up and running as you would like to see it perform. Best wishes.

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to lfn1

Thank you! I will update everyone on how things go!😀👍🌈

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