If you have type 1 diabetes and you don’t have a Dexcom, I HIGHLY recommend that you get one! Better yet, if you have a loved one with the beets (ya I’m gonna call it that) then you should get them a Dexcom! Here’s why I am so obsessed:
1. Accuracy. I actually had a Medtronic CGM prior to getting the Dexcom and I can’t tell you how much I hated the Medtronic one, SO inaccurate! CGM’s by nature aren’t designed to replace finger sticks, but what they’re really good at is detecting trends. Well, the Dexcom is pretty close to being spot on about 90-95% of the time and it always knows when I’m going any one direction too fast.
2. Affordability. I hesitate to add this because I know everyone’s insurance can be different AND calling any health care affordable in the US is kind of…laughable. BUT when I got quoted for how much the Dexcom would cost I thought there was a mistake! Compared to all the other costs in the beets world, this was the cheapest.
3. iPhone and Android compatible. Finally! A system that you can use from your phone! Not only that, but other people can download the app and follow your glucose in real time. They can turn alerts on for lows and get notified directly on their device, pretty sweet! Although, I know for some people, sharing your numbers with others is like a major invasion of privacy. I have my hubs, my Mom in Seattle, and my friend in town all following. My hubs and friend have alerts for when I’m low but both know that if they abuse their inner circle privileges I can knock ’em off real quick! 😉
As I mentioned above, my hubs gets blood sugar alerts. The other day when I was at Home Depot with Rookie, I got caught in a rain/thunder storm and was frantically trying to finish up my purchases, stay dry, and race home before he realized he was hungry. I was so flustered and preoccupied with everything else going on that I didn’t even realize or hear the alerts telling me that my blood sugar was in the 40s! Luckily he was able to reach me and tell me to sit down somewhere and pound some power pellets (Go Seahawks!) before I got back in the car. Phew! It’s great to take a glance at things before I drive anywhere so I know whether a low is in the forecast or not.
Lastly, I did not have a CGM when I was pregnant with Rook. That is the one thing I wish I could have had. If you’ve got the beets and you wanna start a family, or have young children, I double recommend getting this! I will definitely be using this for my next pregnancy since it’s so good for keeping things “in bounds” and notifying you of those debilitating lows! And no, I am not some spokesperson being paid to recommend Dexcom, I am just THAT obsessed!