My new Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor arrived, and I am one happy gal! Put the sensor on Monday night… And it has ALREADY prevented me from having two bad middle-of-the-night low blood sugars. Phew! Maybe I’ll get my fiance off of my back about those bad lows!
The g4 system is quite a bit different from the old seven plus system. Firstly (and most favoritely of mine) is that is comes in an array of colors. I ordered the pink — to match my OmniPod case and my personality. That’s all your choice, I just thought it was a neat idea by Dexcom.
The sensor on the G4 is so much better than the seven plus system too. My blood sugars used to be way off from my meter to my CGM, and of course they are never going to be 100% of the time the same, the new G4 system is certainly winning. The makers of Dexcom certainly stepped up their game with this new system.
The G4 system also has extra alerts if you want to turn them on. Since I am still getting used to the new system, I turned all the alerts on. I want to know when my blood sugars are rising or falling quickly. I want to know when I have been “out of range” or too far away from the machine for it to read my blood sugar levels. I want the snooze to notify me again — if it’s been an 45 minutes (that’s adjustable) and my sugar level hasn’t gone down (for highs) or gone up (for lows).
Another big change is the way you get alarmed with the G4 system. In seven plus, I had my settings always on vibrate. I rarely ever changed it because I would be afraid that I would forget to change it back to vibrate. It never woke me up in the middle of the night. I would leave it on vibrate simply because I didn’t want the alarm to go off at school or work, and have to explain that it was NOT my cell phone. With the G4 system, you can also change the “ringtones” or the alert settings. All of them automatically vibrate first, and if you don’t respond within 5 minutes, then it will correctly ring to alarm. The rep at Dexcom said that was so people using the G4 system wouldn’t have to worry about changing from vibrate to ring and vice verses, as long as they would respond to it in an orderly fashion.
The Dexcom rap called me today explain the differences between seven plus and g4, and asked if I had questions regarding the new system. Honestly, I didn’t really have any questions. I think it was all pretty self explanatory, and how to put on a sensor and use the system itself was similar to the seven plus system.
If you are interested in learning more about how to put on sensor or simply how to use a Dexcom, watch this video. This is from my seven plus system — but like I’ve mentioned, it’s pretty similar. I’ll make a new video in 5 days or so when I change my sensor.