I am writing this out of pure frustration after having the last dozen or so Dexcom G6 sensors lose signal or give false readings starting on Day 8 and going totally off the rails by Day 9. Dexcom claims that their G6 will last 10 days, but I truly cannot remember the last time my G6 sensor gave me a full 10 days of service. I wear them on my abdomen, the sensors are purchased each month on Medicare, so they are up to date, and the transmitters also are unto date. I sleep on my back or side, so I have no compression issues.
Yet, as time goes on, the sensors seem to be failing at a more frequent rate. Case in point: Yesterday my sensor was on Day 8. It lost signal twice during the day, and at 4:05 p.m., I received an Urgent Low Alert. A blood test revealed that my glucose was 130. Last night, I (and my husband) were awakened by FOUR low alerts, reading between 50 - 64. In each case, a blood test revealed a blood glucose of between 83 and 125. I recalibrated the Dexcom each time and went back to sleep… until the next alert.
I am on the OmniPod 5, so I rely on the G6 to give me accurate readings and accurate doses of insulin. After Day 8, I do not feel that I can trust the G6 to give me the data I need to be in control and to lead a healthy lifestyle.
My frustration comes not only from these frequent failures (and lack of sleep), but also because each time I call Dexcom Tech Support, I get nothing but, “I’m sorry” and, “We’ll send you a new sensor.” Getting a new sensor is NOT fixing the problem, but since the G7 is out, they will not be doing anything to fix the G6, and the G6 is the only CGM configured to work with the OmniPod 5.
Technology is great… if and when it works. Yes, I should call Dexcom, but I do not trust myself to act civilly to them right now, and since they have replaced so many sensors in the past few months, I wonder if they think I am trying to scam them into sending me free sensors (which I am not since my Medicare policy and my supplemental policy cover the sensor costs).
Am I alone in having these sensors always fail before Day 10? Has anyone talked to Insulet recently to see where they are at configuring the OmniPod 5 to work with the G7? Is the G7 any more reliable than the G6? Do any of you have any ideas on what I might do to get to Day 10?