Blood sugar pricks, that is… what were you thinking the title meant???
Jeremy and Steve here, and we just wanted to give you an update on the new Dexcom G6 that we both got almost two weeks ago now!
NO MORE PRICKS!
It’s so awesome to put on the CGM and two hours later, there’s your number. No entering two fingersticks to get started, and no reminder 12 hours later to do it again…. and again… and again. You just get your numbers and that’s that. I’m not lying when I say that I haven’t pricked my finger in two weeks, and you know what? I don’t miss it. The funny thing is that people always ask me, “Is it accurate?” And the truth is, I have no freaking clue. I haven’t calibrated ONCE, but over the years I have learned to trust my Dexcom and the numbers (I wouldn’t do this right away if you are new to CGM). But it dawned on me that the CGM numbers truly are the new standard. Nobody ever asks you if your meter is accurate, because you don’t calibrate your meter with another meter. So similar situation here, this is just the new era of CGM numbers being good enough to entirely replace fingersticks. Crazy.
WHAT ELSE DO I LIKE?
Well I’ve been taking a crap ton of Tylenol just for shits and giggles. That’s right, no more Tylenol interference! Seriously though, this is a big deal. Everybody gets aches and pains, and not having to take NSAIDs with all of their baggage is nice. Not to mention that Tylenol is in a ton of stuff like cold medicine, all the Percocet Steve takes, and mixed in with so many other things people may need.
Also, the sensor lasts for 10 days! BUT as far as I can tell you can’t “re-up” after ten days. In order to get the transmitter out of the sensor you literally have to break the sensor in half. So, no more gaming the system and getting your sensors to last until they are dangling from your skin like a month old wet Band-Aid.
The new auto-inserter is awesome, although it sounds like you are being shot when you press the button, but it’s nice and easy for sure.
And it makes it easy to get to those hard to reach spots like the back of your arm, so you have more real estate to play with.
So all in all, this is a true improvement that I’m honestly excited about. The one downside? Well there is a new app, and to be honest, I don’t like it as much as the old one. It wasn’t broke and they went and “fixed” it…. but I’m sure it can be fixed again. Also I can’t get it to work with LOOP yet (LOOPing Edelman Report coming soon) so I’m actually using my G6 to calibrate my G5. Champagne problems.
So there you have it. Steve?
I have been lucky to be able to try all the new medications and devices very early before their introduction to the market. I didn’t think too much about it, until I got my G6 in the mail a week ago. Even though I like to insert things myself and I’ve never before used auto inserters, the mandatory G6 inserter is very cool and super easy to use.
Then …no calibration needed at the 2-hour mark…it just started working.
Then…no more daily calibration…AT ALL!
After the first few days it dawned on me, I have not pricked my finger once! Now it has been a week and I have not pricked my finger once!
When I got diabetes in 1970 there was only urine testing and no A1c test (I know what Jeremy is thinking…Oh no, here he goes again- peeing on a stick and bamboo needle stories). Then came glucose meters in the early 1980s and I was actually able to get a real number after stabbing my finger with a lancet for blood and waiting two whole minutes to get a number. Testing 8 to 12 times a day was needed to get halfway decent control, but still with no trend arrows, alerts or alarms. The early CGM devices came next and have been on the market for a decade, but the first ones weren’t so accurate and still required frequent finger sticks. When the non-adjunctive dosing claim was approved for the G5 it was a huge step forward, but still required daily calibrations. And now…
NOW after living with type 1 for 48 fricking (…and pricking) years, I don’t have to stab my finger and squeeze blood out of those little holes for a glucose reading that is isolated in time. I don’t even really need to get my A1c drawn because the most accurate measurement of my average blood glucose over the past 2 to 3 months is my average glucose over the past 2 to 3 months! And I can get that info with my clarity app, along with the standard deviation and time-in-range stats. Next is the artificial pancreas. Come on baby!