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Dexcom Seven Plus Vs. G4

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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.

New Dexcom G4 System

New Dexcom G4

Well instead of singing around “in a G6, in a G6″…
I am going to sing around to “in a G4!”

New Dexcom G4 System

I haven’t posted lately about the dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in a while, but that’s because I stopped using my seven plus system. The readings were always off. It was getting expensive each month for sensors that really wasn’t helping me cope with diabetes any better. AND My insurance co-pay cost to much to get the new system.

So now I am proud to say that in the mail, is a new dexcom G4 system for me. It’s pink — of course! And I can’t wait to try it out. Stay tuned!

Is anyone else using the new dexcom G4 system yet? Have you noticed a big change between the new system and the old?

How to View All Your Blood Sugar Levels

So I’ve been emailing back and forth with my endocrinologist. He asked me to do a spread sheet of my blood sugar levels. Easy enough, so I thought.

I’m on the OmniPod system, and for some odd reason, I cannot view a list of ALL of my blood sugars in one particular day. Apparently I must have been checking my sugars more than what the makers of OmniPod think is “normal.” My screen will show up to 8 blood sugar readings in each day… but with my whole incident in the hospital, I had a lot more than 8 blood sugar readings in that particular day. I cannot see any readings prior to my dinner time reading!

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I called the rep at OmniPod, and she was unable to help me. I explained my situation, and all she could say is that she’ll have someone give me a call back in the morning (after the weekend is over). Ugh!

If anyone else out there has the OmniPod System, and knows how to look up more blood sugars on their meter (without guessing using the graph system), please let me know!

If you find yourself wondering the same question, or other questions relating to dealing with type 1 diabetes while using the OmniPod, join this OmniPod Users Group on Facebook. Other users were able to answer my question in a matter of minutes,  not days like the OmniPod reps.

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Insulin Resistance — Part 2

On Wednesday, I wrote a post on Insulin Resistance that you can read here:
Read that article first before reading on… because this is part two… the scary part!

So I explained how I still wasn’t feeling great, shortly after changing my insulin pump. My blood sugars were still high, about 250 mg/dL, but on the decline.

I decided to eat some dinner with my fiance and his family since all I ate prior in the day was a banana. I had a little bit of rice, a dumpling and a few small pieces of chicken. I gave an extra bolus of insulin. Then my dad called, and he was with my step-mom. They were on their way towards my house so that we could all go to a bridal show/expo. I grabbed all my things, my fiance and his mother and we all went to the show. It was great, and had a lot of give-aways! Throughout the show I was feeling fine, just a little bit thirsty. I knew I was high, and thought it was going down, so I didn’t worry about it too much.

My dad and step-mom came over after the expo. We were talking and I had mentioned how I left work early because of my disconnected pump. The encouraged me to check my blood sugar again. It had skyrocketed again, so much so that my meter was just reading “high” — not an actual number. Wow!! Yeah — that’s not good! I gave myself insulin, waited and checked again. Still “HIGH”.

Then we thought, maybe my machine was just messed up… because I was feeling OK…. just thirsty, not nauseous like earlier in the day. I grabbed my old OmniPod machine to check my sugar there. It had the same frightful reading “HIGH”. From my understanding, my blood sugar was over 500 mg/dL. I gave myself yet another shot, and waited for it to go down.

After an hour or two like that, my parents forced me to go to the emergency room. When I told my fiance that I was leaving at 10:30 PM, he jumped up and said he was coming too..

I spent most of the night in the hospital. They hooked me up to an IV with a saline drip to hydrate me. They gave me 5 units of humalog insulin (which I thought was weird because I usually take novolog, and had insulin with me). They checked my heart rate. They did blood tests. They did urine tests. Everything was normal, and no, I was not pregnant!— that became the running joke for most of the night. My dad was saying I’d need a new wedding dress. We turned it around on him, saying that he would have to try on the 8 month belly bump dress. My step-mom chimed in saying that his belly was big enough for twins! Ha, and my fiance, he was just upset that he’d have to sell his motorcycle.

The whole night pretty much felt like a waiting game — just waiting for my damn blood sugar level to go down. My dad and step-mom went home… and we both started getting very tired, just waiting for the docs to come in and tell me that we could go home. I was monitoring my own blood sugar very carefully, and was actually telling them what my numbers were! Finally at 1:30 am, the doc came in, asked what my sugar was. It was 180 mg/dL.. and they released me. I was told to monitor my sugar levels very carefully, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and follow up with my endocrinologist. Nothing I didnt already assume.

The weirdest thing about this whole experience was the simple fact that the doctors did not give me an actual reasoning for my spiked blood sugar or the insulin resistance. I think they just assumed that my insulin pump had not been working properly, and that I should use a new one. I had already done that, and explained that to them, but they brushed it off. I swear, I am not a stupid diabetic, and I do know how to take care of myself. Sometimes I need a little help, but I know I am not the only one. Maybe I am just getting sick. Maybe the stress at work got to me. Maybe my body just doesnt like me. Maybe it was just God’s way of showing me how many people care about me… cuz I certainly felt the love from those closest to me.

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Diaversary – Anniversary of being Diagnosed with Diabetes

If you read posts in the diabetes community, you will see that diabetics refer to their diaversary — or the anniversary of when they were diagnosed with diabetes. It feels like diabetics seem to celebrate this day as a “birthday” or a day to celebrate themselves as a diabetic. I am sad to say that although I have a diaversary because clearly I am a type 1 diabetic, I cannot recall the day I was “born into the diabetes community.”

I was diagnosed while in 5th grade. It in October of 1998, but I cannot remember the exact day. I had to go to my pediatrician for a routine physical. I hadn’t lost any weight. My doctor had told my mother that I had elevated blood Diaversary -- When is the anniversary of your diagnoses of diabetes? | www.iamatype1diabetic.wordpress.comsugar levels, but they were not quite high enough and he was unsure if it was type 1 diabetes. My doctor called the hospital, explained the situation, told my mom to feed me something with a lot of sugar, and then for us to go directly to the hospital. It turns out, the hospital would not admit me until my blood sugar was above 300 mg/dL.

After we arrived, they immediately rushed me in and questioned what took so long to get me there. They asked if I had been overly thirsty, using the bathroom more often, been easily irritated, if I lost any weight and if my parents had noticed any changes. I can’t remember what the exact responses where, but I know I didn’t have many noticeable symptoms.

Yes, I started to drink more and use the bathroom more. I was awaking 5 times in the middle of the night, but we didn’t think too much about it. My big toe had turned a little bit yellow — but I was a kid so we just thought it was a fungus for walking outside barefoot. Either my parents were completely oblivious of me, wrapped up in their own personal lives, or my symptoms of diabetes were just not that bad (yet!!).

I was admitted into the hospital, it was discovered that my blood sugar level was 630 mg/dL. From then on, I was told, I would have to take insulin shots multiple times per day, and check my blood sugar before each meal. I was hospitalized for two weeks, and was given the training I would need for the rest of my life! The doctors at the hospital would not allow me to be discharged until both my parents gave me a shot of insulin — and since then, that has been the first, and only, shot either of them have given me!

Back to the beginning, my diaversary. I do not recall the exact day I was diagnosed, but I would like to celebrate it like others in the diabetes community. I feel a little bit left out honestly. Does anyone else not know their diaversary? If you do know, how come you remember it?

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Insulin Resistance

I changed my pod (insulin pump/infusion site) last night… and today has been an aweful day! I woke up with a higher-than-normal blood sugar level of 210 mg/dL. I gave myself insulin, decided to skip on breakfast and grabbed a banana for the road instead.

We had our typical Wednesday morning office meeting. My manager gave me a list of things to do, and it was a little bit overwhelming. I tried to shake it off and get moving on all that needed to get done. I started to get a headache, and thought it would be a good time to check my blood sugar level. 423 mg/dL — and that’s after taking a bunch of insulin for breakfast.

I bolused again. Checked 15 minutes later… Down a few points. Waited an hour, checked again, and it went even higher! By this point I was getting annoyed at my computer not working, a webinar not loading properly and our printer jamming up. I was beyond annoyed, and my much-too-high blood sugar was certainly not helping the situation.

My manager walked over and asked if everything was OK? — I told her “no.” “My blood sugar is like 420, I really don’t feel well, and I feel like I might throw up.” I guess she could see it in my face, and asked if I wanted to go home. I finished up what I could, emailed myself documents to finish when I got home, and then left.

My 35 minute drive home could not have taken any longer! I sipped on water and tried to ignore the extra saliva in my mouth. I made it home, took off my coat and kicked off my shoes. I began to walk to the bedroom to grab a new pod… but something stopped me — the bathroom was calling. I threw up three times. Mostly of water, with a hint of banana.Insulin Resistance | I am a Type 1 Diabetic | Read more posts at

My pod was still perfectly connected, but my blood sugar levels haven’t been below 200mg/dL all day. This new pod location on the side of my stomach should have been working fine… it’s been there a million times without a problem. But I think that is what the problem is — it has been there a million times!

Insulin resistance doesn’t happen often to me anymore. I know I need to change locations when putting on a new pod. And in the winter, I use my arms more too. Today, everything has all just been hitting me very strangely.

and I still feel like I want to throw up.

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