Bear in mind that just because a particular piece of tech does not work for you
That’s not what I said. It is what you inferred because I criticised it. I’m a techie, I criticise everything but most particularly the stuff I know best (which is not, yet, either xDrip or the G6.)
Which is not meant to minimize the obvious and real issues you had with the G6
Eh? I’m going to take it that you mean “problems” since “issues” is such a loaded word in US English and I wouldn’t use the word problems either myself. As of this moment my HbA1c after my first month using the G6 has dropped from 7.3 in August of this year to 6.8 (both measured by my doctor/lab). I’m going to keep using it and that means I will keep criticising it, heavily.
The fact however is that the overwhelming majority of the Dexcom G6 users are not having >problems. Including running the G6 in the default “no calibration” mode.
The only advantage of the G6 that I am aware of is the “no calibration” stuff. On the other hand elsewhere on this list people observe how much EdgePark have been pushing people to “upgrade”.
The OP is using the G5, why on earth would she want to go out and buy a smartphone to “upgrade” to a G6? Surely only because “no calibration” is such a tempting thing?
The problem is that if you do not do multiple blood tests per day you do not have an accurate measure of the reliability. Over the last 30 days I was doing about 7 BG tests a day, more while running uncalibrated. I’ve stopped using my Omnipod PDM for BG tests - I swapped, today, to Contour Next One (better xDrip integration) but I did 219 tests over the last 30 days (including that one), so given that I did two today thats 217/29 per day, 7.48.
My current hypothesis is that the G6 is very sensitive to skin temperature and moderately sensitive to motion (perhaps this is the same thing.) I suspect the G5 is the same and I would see the same “issues”; an earlier version errored out after a couple of days with me, but for people who are not continuously exposing their body to different temperatures during the day (!babies, !office life) the one-per-day calibration of the G5 would probably be fine.
This is all hypothesis; it only gets any further if there are patterns that we can observe and fill in the gaps that the corporations won’t disclose for marketing reasons.
The thing all of us have to remember is that we are T1Ds and we will live with this for the rest of our lives. If we don’t fight now for the best we can get we won’t live to fight any more; this really is life or death.
I’ve known that since I was about 20 (I developed T1D at about 12) and have had various ways of coping with it. I’ve also done computers since about the same age and have done software seriously since I was 20 and I do know that most of the software written is utter garbage (including my own.) I also haven’t been afraid for the last 20 or so years of saying this.