I started on the Dexcom a couple of days ago and am wondering if anyone in the group has successfully used a "Windows for Mac" program to download information from the Dexcom. I am currently frustrated that both Minimed and Dexcom seem to only be downloadable to a Windows-based PC. If anyone has any suggestions as to the best way to retrieve information off of either device, and as to whether Windows compatible software actually works with these devices, I'd would greatly appreciate it. Hate to buy a new computer, but it may come to that, as the devices are only so useful if you can't get information from them.
On another note, do people enter the bulk of their information (carbs, insulin etc.,) on their Dexcom, on their pumps, or on both? Trying to figure out the best way to capture all the valuable information.
I run an Intel Mac (10.5.8) and have had no problems downloading my Dex with VMware Fusion. I had all kinds of trouble downloading my Minimed though before I switched to Animas.
At first I only entered the events into Dex for a week before my dr's appt but now try to do it as much as possible. I'm finding it convenient to primarily use the Dex reports for data management. My Ping also has nice data. I rarely download my pump anymore.
I am lazy. I only enter exercise in my Dexcom.
I enter carbs in my pump (Omnipod) which is required to calculate my bolus. The PDM stores BG and insulin automatically. I would like to have everything in one place, but I haven't figured out the optimal way.
Both VMware Fusion and Parallels work well with Windows and the Dexcom software under Mac OS X. Personally I use Fusion, but others on this forum use Parallels without any issue.
I input the insulin intake on the Dexcom, but it is not really well used at all by the software. I don't use a pump.
I have the Dexcom 7 Plus. I download it on my MacBook Pro into a Windows XP session in VMWare Fusion. Works great.
I have not been able to figure out how to download my Omnipod to my Mac, I have to download it using a very old HP laptop.
I demoed the Minimed before I decided on the Dexcom and was never able to download the Minmed CGM into the MAC.
My Insulin information is all in the Omnipod controler. My carb counts are in there also because that is where the math is done for the Bolus doses. I Use Calorie Counter for overall food tracking on my Android.
The "Valuable" information to me is the blood sugar readings and trends. As long as the sugar readings are where I and my Endo want, I am not as concerned with the other information.