My warrenty is up on my son's Animas Ping so we are shopping for a new pump since my son gets a horrible Dexcom Rash. (It looks like a chemical burn).
Currently my 8 year old is wearing two CGM sensors. His Dex G4 and the Medtronic CGM with enlite sensor borrowed from the hospital as a trial.
I am testing his blood with both the ping remote and Medtronic Contour glucometers at the same time.
My son's A1C is 6.0 tested just last week.
I will be posting my results. So far, here are my comments.
I have been using the DEX G4 since FEB/2014 on him and I love:
*the large range so I can have the DEX G4 remote on my nightstand and he can be 20 feet away in his room.
*the bright easy to see screen
*the fact that it vibrates first and if you don't acknowledge, it will alarm.
*the options for the alarm sounds.
*the sensor does not hurt him upon insertion
*that I could get more than 7 days out of his sensor (until he became sensitized to the glue)
As for the accuracy of both you'll have to stay tuned.
I have been using the Medtronic for 3 days and so far I don't like:
DISCLAIMER: There was a lot of blood upon the Enlite 90 degree insertion so perhaps it is not working well.
*The screen is not colorful, it looks green/black and is harder to read, and the screen is smaller than the Dex G4.
*It seems like the darn thing was alarming all of the time. I would shut off the alarms for 3 hours at night so my son could fall asleep.
*Couldn't shut off the alarm for the pump suspend so he woke up anyway despite a false low. So I shut off the pump suspend feature.
*Finally shut off the predictive alerts as it would show 4 something and he was actually 7.1 on the ping and 6.1 on the contour...... thus the darn thing alarming all of the time.
*I never know what his number is because he is wearing it around his waist. Unless I go over and bother him and dig it out of his spibelt I never know his number when I am curious.
*My son is getting anxious about it alarming all of the time and he is asking me to shut off the sensor.
K, so I ask myself, what is the use of buying the Medtronic CGM if I shut off the pump suspend and the predictive alerts and every and all alarms for 3 hours at bedtime?
I thought, maybe I calibrated too much so I reset the existing sensor to pretend it was a new sensor and after a perfect morning calibration with no food....... the next alarm that went off was a false low. GRRRRR!
I am buying another $65 sensor tonight to give it a second chance. Maybe its the blood in the sensor.
What I hate about the DEX G4: The Dexcom rash is so bad that my son's skin melts and oozes yellow gunk after 4 days. I tried Tegaderm, Bioclusive and IV 3000 under the Sensor. Ive tried Cavilon Spray, just using soap and water instead of alcohol, Ive tried iodine. Tried skin prep. The only thing that he is not allergic to and that works is using a Johnson and Johnson Tough pad that I bought off of Amazon.ca. It only stays on with warmth. If you go into a cold pool you can count on the whole thing falling off. I inject right through the toughpad. I get a good 4 days out of the tough pad before it starts peeling a bit. On day 4 I put Hypafix tape over top with a hole cut out for the sensor.
So I am limping along trying to make the Dex work and reluctant to buy the Medtronic CGM just yet. I wish there was another stand alone CGM because I don't want to give up my Ping remote.
Thankfully Dex has given me two sensor replacements when the thing fell off after a day and a half.
Stay tuned for my opinion on the accuracy.