I am now officially fed up with the Medtronic CGMS. It used to work so well for me, but something is no longer working and I’m pretty much done trying.
Instead of listening to me repeat my experiences in my rollercoaster of a relationship with the Medtronic CGMS here, you can read all about it in these posts:
- My Love/Hate Relationship with the CGMS
- Dear CGMS
- Trying the CGMS Again – Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV
- CGMS Success
I want it to work. I really do. I’m trying!
I feel like I’ve been doing everything right – from the angle of insertion, to the timing and frequency of calibration, to my levels of hydration. But I’m tired of paying $50-a-pop (out-of-pocket) for as few as one good sensor in four…or five…or six. I’m not made of money!
The thing is, the CGMS technology is so beneficial for me when it works. I really want it to work! But I’m running out of options for my current CGMS. My CDE has suggested trying it in my thigh instead of my abdomen in case scar tissue is an issue (particularly after my pregnancy and c-section). I’ll probably give it a go before I give up entirely, but the truth of the matter is that I don’t want the lump of the transmitter showing through my pants. It will be noticeable with pretty much all of my dress pants for work, and even some of my jeans – not to mention shorts! Wearing my pump visibly clipped to the waistband of my pants is enough of a fashion compromise for me – I’m not interested in taking it this step further, however shallow that may be. So even if it does work on my thigh, I’m not convinced that’s the answer for me. (And this also pretty much rules out any other alternate site you can throw at me.)
I’ve heard so many good things about the Dexcom CGMS. Maybe it’s just a matter of personal preference, but over and over I’m hearing about folks having more success with Dexcom than Medtronic so I’m starting to think that there may be something to it….and I’m starting to dream of Dexcom.
But, if scar tissues is the problem, then the Dexcom isn’t likely to work on my abdomen either and making the switch could be all for naught. Ideally, I’d really like the chance to trial it for a while, but I’m not sure if there’s any way to go about doing that.
Anyway, I’m really frustrated with this and am looking for any words of wisdom that you folks might have. I’m really quite comfortable that I’m calibrating appropriately, but if you have any suggestions re: hideable alternate sites or magical insertion techniques, or if you can tell me how Dexcom works for you, I’m all ears!
All that said, I’m pretty sure (and correct me if I’m wrong – please!) that the Dexcom CGMS isn’t even available in Canada, so this may be a moot point anyway. I’ll save my frustrations about diabetes technologies that are currently unavailable to Canadians for a separate post….