I started using the DexCom G5 this past Sunday and am so glad I finally stepped up and did this! I didn’t have any problems inserting the sensor (whew!) tho’ placing the transmitter was a bit awkward. The Bluetooth connection and iPhone app worked properly, too. I am learning a lot about how my meals affect my BG and have found that the BG meter and G5 values have been pretty consistent, too.
I have had frequent problems with exercise lows since my DX so it gave me a lot of satisfaction the other day to be able to monitor my BG while going through a yoga sequence here at home. I also let my BG drop below the pre-set 80 level while prepping dinner so that I could do a finger-stick and compare my metered BG value (67) and gauge the alert volume level. If the rain ever stops, I’ll get out there to rake leaves and put the garden to bed and mow a final time–the CGM will make that easier, for sure, i.e., not having to go hypo or guess about when do do finger-sticks or eat more carbs.
While avoiding lows is important to me, so is avoiding post-meal spikes! Looking at the trend data, I can see that I need to bolus even longer before a meal than I have been doing (especially breakfast). The CGM gives me so much more useful information than the pre-and-post metered BG values–wow! I realize that I will be “testing” the effects of various foods on my BG over the next few weeks (oh joy, the holiday season, with all its temptations!!) so that I can spend more “time-in-range”.
So my experience so far has been very positive. I do realize problems may arise…but the wonderful thing about TuD is that help is only a post away. I feel safer now and am worrying less and am also ready to do things like bike riding and cross-country skiing that I avoided due to exercise lows. Now I just wish that anyone who needed or wanted a CGM could get one easily and affordably…and enjoy these same benefits!