When I came back from our trip to Asia in April, I had the shiny, new Dexcom G4 waiting for me at home. Six months into using it, I love a lot of the new improvements on this device including the longer battery life and of course, the improved accuracy overall and especially in the low range.
But I really, really love the smaller and sleeker design of the receiver. The old model, with it’s egg shape wasn’t bad, but it was always juuuust a little too big to slip into a pocket. This one is so small I can hide it in the tiny pocket of my workout pants along my waistband so I never have to jog/box/do those terrible “Spiderman push-ups” that my new gym seems to love without my trusty Dex. I love being able to throw it in my jeans pocket when I take the dog for a walk or slide it in to a small clutch-style purse for the evening.
Which brings me to my next point which is that I am utterly, totally, and completely dependent on my Dexcom. I feel naked and vulnerable without it. I also find that when I take a short break from it, I’m so used to having it on the I’m more forgetful about testing my blood sugar with a finger stick. I expect to be able to click in to the Dex before a meal or have it alarm when I need to do something. This is not a good thing because it’s lowering my overall awareness of my diabetes in the long run. And what if there’s a time when I can’t get access to or afford a Dex?
How addicted are you to your devices? And which ones will you find a way to get at all costs? For me, I’d sooner give up my pump over my CGM (although that would suck too – I did injections over the past weekend, it wasn’t pretty).