I initially was very nervous about applying the sensor to my body. When I was using the Medtronic CGM applying the sensor was not fun at all. The Medtronic sensor hurt, as I sat with the Dexcom sensor against my midsection I prepared myself for the pain that would follow. As I pushed the plunger down I felt no pain what so ever, this is not to say that I will never feel any pain when I apply the sensor but right now the Dexcom is 100x less painful.
I'm on day five with my first Dexcom and I love that, I would be on my second Medtronic CGM in that same period.
I love that when I put in my blood sugar to the Dexcom the Dexcom quickly corrects itself and displays the blood sugar that I just input. For example this morning my blood sugar was at 182, my Dexcom read 169, I input my blood sugar and a second later my Dexcom read 180. It may not seem big but I love that!!! The Dexcom has not been off by more that 20 when I test my blood sugar, that is great!! Most of the time it is within 10 of my blood sugar.
The Dexcom range is amazing!! I can leave the Dexcom on the bleachers during basketball practice and I'm never out of range!! That is huge, I often have to jump in to drills and to have the Dexcom bouncing around in a pocket wouldn't be good, it could fallout and get steeped on, that'd be bad. I can't wait to have the Dexcom on the bike, I will find a way to attach the Dexcom to the handlebars which will be great!!
The alarms are great. I love that the Dexcom goes off when my blood sugar is going up or down quickly. I think it is me but the alarms don't wake me up on the first alert, low or high it takes me two or three alerts before I'm alert. This has caused a little bit of yelling from Leanne, I don't blame her, the alarm is loud but I'm a sound sleeper even with the Dexcom under my pillow.
I do have two small complaints about the Dexcom, the first being that I have no belt clip or case for it. I know plenty of sites that sell cases but the one that came with the Dexcom is horrible!! I will be looking further in to Dexcom cases and would love to hear what others use. My second complaint is that I can't scroll back to see my blood sugar number. Yes the graph is great but I'm getting old and having to guesstimate what the blood sugar was six hours ago is no fun, I want to see a number.
The Dexcom is great. The Dexcom and I are still getting to know each other but so far so good, I wish I had met the Dexcom sooner. I'm excited to see how the Dexcom handles the roller coaster ride that is summer and how accurate it is while I ride the bike. For anyone that is thinking about the Dexcom I say get it, I believe that it is the best CGM available today!!