i was on the Dexcom G4 and G5 a couple of years back (maybe 3 yrs ago??). i had too many problems with it, though. i did stick with it for about 1 &1/2 yrs. i tried different sites, but i just couldnt get it to work for me. i am very lean and could not use my tummy, but not for lack of trying. i dont have that 1 inch to pinch up to insert the sensor. i kept hitting capillaries and nerves. i had terrible inaccuracies that were not only unhelpful, but disconcerting as well. i ended up using more test strips than before i went on it, b/c the alarms were constantly going off, and i would have to do a finger stick. also, i was very frequently getting the “?” icon for hours on end. i spent a lot of time on the phone with their tech support team members and getting replacement sensors. (they were, i must say, delightful, helpful, respectful,etc.) if one did stay on and i got any accuracy at all, the most days i would get out of 1 sensor was about 3-4. i was astounded by others who were talking about getting 14+ days out of theirs. anyway…i gave it my all and after a year and a half, i decided to go back to finger sticks and put the dex back in its box and up on a shelf in my closet.
now, however, Medicare is paying 100% for the Dexcom, so i figured i have nothing to lose to give it another whirl. it arrived in the mail 2 weeks ago, and i am seeing both my endo and cde this coming friday (july 13th). i’m going to get a refresher course on insertion of the sensor, talk with my doc, and then go on my way with any perscriptions i may need (and any free samples of insulin they will give me )
my question to all of you is: are any of you lean and have found success with the Dexcom? do any of you have preferred sites? any sites that you find more accurate than others?
any suggestions, advice, etc. all is welcome and very much appreciated!
thanks in advance,
PS: wish me luck and please keep me in your prayers