I have been following this thread, because I started it. I thought you might like to know my final experience and where I ended up.
I did get xDrip to communicate with my Huawei P20 phone for a few days, but it dropped its connection to my 8H transmitter so often that I wasn’t getting any sleep.
So, my second method was to install the Dexcom G6 app again, and set up the Dexcom Share system. Then I went back to xDrip+, and set the data source as Dexcom Share.
This actually worked quite reliably.
I found that the link between the Dexcom G6 app on my phone and the G6 transmitter rarely dropped off. However, I realised that now the G6 app was sending data via the Internet connection on my phone into the Cloud and xDrip+ was pulling it back from the Cloud into my phone to process it.
This introduces a number of issues, some good, some bad:
- You must have a really stable Internet connection on your phone, especially when you are “out” using 3G or 4G.
- Your data usage will go up. Although I could not quantify by how much.
- You can connect more people via the Dexcom Share.
- I managed to get my Nightscout page working again using Dexcom Share as the source.
I would probably have accepted this situation. However I had a second issue to deal with. I needed to extend the life of the sensors to be able to afford to keep using them. So I set about working out how to do this.
Like I said, I have an 8H transmitter, which varies from the earlier models, but it is similar to the 8G model.
The way to restart a sensor with an 8G/8H transmitter is this:
- Stop the sensor
I did this using the G6 app.
- Remove the transmitter from the sensor using blood testing strips
- Keep the transmitter out for 20 minutes
- Put the transmitter back into the sensor
- Start the sensor on the app using “Start New Sensor”. Enter its correct serial number. (do NOT use 0000)
- Wait 2 hours
BINGO it works again.
So, again, success.
This is where Last Fate kicked my in the crotch!
After about 15 days of wear, my arm began to ache around the sensor site.
By day 18 it really hurt and my sensor was giving erratic readings and would stop for 30 minutes at a time.
Day 19 I took it off and saw my arm was a mess and the hole was… “unpleasant” shall we say.
So, it is clear that the G6 and me are not meant to be.
I have gone back to the Libre /MiaoMiao combo and am quite happy now.
IF Dexcom release the G7, and IF the NHS pick it up, I may have another try.
But right now I have an 8H transmitter and a single G6 sensor sat on my shelf and honestly, I don’t think I want to go back through all that again.
I hope you guys have more luck
Best wishes and Merry Christmas