A couple of weeks ago I got the CGM. It has already lowered my blood sugars from an average of 190 on my blood meter to 160!
Dxd November 25, 2000, Minimed Med Pump and CGM
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I started on the CGM when I started on my pump, I think that this was a mistake because it was all new and all at the same time. It turned me against the CGM at that time. After being on the pump for a year, the CGM came out with a smaller model, and I became interested again. I do wear it now, for usually a week on a week off. I have noticed that it does lower my numbers, and I get excited when I see a flat line :) The only thing that bothers me is that sometimes at night it will be alarming at me that i'm low, when i'm actually not. I just can't wait for the day when both the pump and the CGM are combined.
Ah, the nightime alarms. I HATE THEM! I know, I know, they are good, except, my word... riding at 75 all night is just fine. I don't need to know about it every hour.
Hoping the programming in the next version is better. I have LOTS of ideas. Even my daughter thinks they should have different "ring tones". We have two in our house, and "WHO IS BEEPING" is a constant thing being yelled.
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Omg the night alarms drive me and my husband crazy! He hears it and I don't, so he just shakes me till I wake up OUT OF A DEAD SLEEP!!... all i hear all night is BABE, BABE, BABEEEE your alarm is going off. That would be cool to have different ring tones one for HIGH one for LOW haha one to tell me Right on target lol... that would be fun.
Thats funny about the flat line. Whenever I have a nice straight line going I have to admit also that I get very excited myself. Which CGM are you on? I am on MM.
I am also on the MM. I like the idea of different ring tones :) they should work on that.
My new MM CGMS is delivering tomorrow! I am SO EXCITED!
I tried out the Dexcom (3 week trial) but it was not for me. MM is going to fit my lifestyle better. Apparently the Navigator has the potential to leave fragments in your skin upon removal of the sensor. That was enough for me to skip that model.
Do you guys have insurance coverage for it?
T1 since 1995. Currently pumping with Novolog, MM Paradigm and MM CGMS. Last A1C (pre-CGM) 6.4. :)
Brand new here, nice to 'see' this topic of conversation and very timely, I just started using my Dexcom today. I had just a hard time deciding b/t minimed (love my pump) and Dexcom's CGM. I chose shorter wire, better adhesive and longer useage time over all in 1 electronic devices. Tough decision though.
I'm sure there's a huge learning curve, but right now I'm pumped (no pun intended!). So far so good...
And yes, Payton, Cigna is covering 70% for me, thankfully! It's still expensive, even with that!
i tried out the Medtronic Paradigm with CGMS integration, and it's pretty nice
i've also tested the Dexcom system (i think it's called "Seven"?) - it's nice because you only have to put in a sensor once a week. but i really miss the trending arrows from the Medtronic system
the last one i'm going to try is the Freestyle Navigator system - this one has predictive alarms, meaning it will tell you when it thinks your blood sugar is going to get too low or too high, before it actually is low or high (not sure if this is a useful feature, or would be more of an annoyance)
will post more once i've actually worn the Navigator for a month
I'll be curious to know your impressions of the Navigator. Right now, I am leaning that way. Largely because (even after 25 years of MDI) I never quite beat my fear of needles... The insertion seems the easiest. Keep us posted!
I love it so far. Except for the night alarms its working out well for me. I just got approved for the MM cgm after a year of fighting insurance. I started a whole petition to help people get covered check it out if you have been getting denied. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/CGMSdenial/
I'm currently using the dexcom. I got the MM last year and gave it 3 different tries and finally gave up. I had accuracy problems, site problems and finally transmitter problems. I was upset to give up on it but decided to try this one. So far so good with the seven system. The first day was not accurate at all .. off by 100+ points to my meter! (also woke me up twice during the night telling me I was 55 when I wasn't .. so frustrating) I called the trainer & she told me to give it a little more time, which I did. I've been getting pretty good results the other 3-4 days which makes me happy. I couldn't believe 2 nights ago when I woke up and saw the 9 hour line straight around 100!! Naturally every night hasn't been like that ha! I like the sensor/transmitter much better than the MM .. it's much smaller, less bulkier & more comfortable for me. I don't love having an additional gadget on me beside my pump but so far I'm dealing with it ok. I feel it's less sensitive to calibrations which is a plus. I do miss being able to scroll down on the readings like the MM though. I contimplated the freestyle CGM but was totally turned off by the fact that you must use their freestyle meters ... sorry but I am not leaving my one touch!!
My insurance paid 90% for the MM CGMS and 90% for another set of sensors from MM. I traded in my MM transmitter for the dexcom system so didn't have to go through insurance for that yet.
I use the Navigator, and it is very reliable.
My 28 day average is 113, and my last A1c was a 5.8. I am hoping for a 5.5 or a 5.4 next time.
Former Navigator User
I received my MM CGMS this morning and have it hooked up! I am super fortunate in that the CGMS and sensors and all other diabetes supplies (except for insulin) are free for me. My husband's employer is super progressive when it comes to coverage for T1 diabetes.
I am truly in love with this device. I'm glad I went with this over the Dexcom - it's a better fit for me.
How did we ever live without these things???
I started with the Dexcom CGM one week ago. The first few days were great. However, these past few days I've had some problems with the numbers being far off from my glucose meter. A little frustrating. I remind myself to follow the trend which is helpful when you go high or low. Luckily, my insurance is paying for the CGM. They didn't two years ago.