I feel naked! No, not really … but I’ve been wearing CGMs 24/7 since 2006! Yup, I was at the head of the line for the first Dexcom, the STS, a 3-day sensor with wild variability … and Dexcom was such a small company that I invited the VP of Government Affairs and one of the 10 sales reps to my home to sit around and chat about my experiences with the Dex 3. It was a frustrating device but with great potential … I fondly named it PoS.
I switched to the Abbott Navigator, as soon as it became available on the market … and loved it (except the 10 hour start-up and the painful sensor insertion). And then, BAM, it went off the market in the US. I even contemplated traveling to Israel or the Netherlands to buy it there.
But I settled for slinking back to Dexcom, for the Seven, and then the Seven Plus. It was indeed getting better and better, as I thought it would. And I was the first in line to get the new Platinum G4 … WAY more accurate, although clunkier (explained to me for the parents who wanted a greater range away from the transmitter … which did not at all affect me but the size did).
That all said, I’ve been CGM-ing (is there a better term … maybe BG-sensing or BG-ing?) for about 8 years. Yup, wearing a sensor, learning about Hypofix and Skin Tac, Yahoo’s Diabetes CGM forum, figuring out where to stash the receiver when wearing formal attire, etc. Twenty Four Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week.
I am NOT complaining at all. I am so grateful for the technology and […]