So apparently there is no upgrade from the Ping to the Vibe at this time in Canada (I spoke to Animas last week). I got a quote on the stand-alone Dexcom. The lady on the phone said that the transmitter (which costs $800) has to be replaced approximately every six months and that the sensors (which cost $85) have to be replaced once a week.
I worked it out and that comes to something like $6,000 a year.
My endocrinologist says that the sensors can be worn for two weeks, and I've heard that the transmitter actually lasts more than six months. So that would bring the price dwon to something like $3,000 a year.
That is still insanely expensive if I am paying for this all out of pocket (which I more than likely am). I'm just curious if this is what others are paying. I talked to my endocrinologist about the possibility of only wearing it part-time for "troubleshooting" and he says that can be helpful. But he feels strongly that I would benefit from a CGM and if I get one, I would really like to be able to wear it all the time, especially overnight. I think it would make me more comfortable with running at a lower range, and I'm also looking forward to being able to see exactly what foods do to me and exactly what happens between meals. I'm hoping it would help reveal some patterns that I am not noticing since I am only testing 8-10 times a day.