This time it's not about me and mine, but rather all the people out there writing to me about the DexCom and other continuous monitoring technology:
There was the family who tried to use the DexCom on their 5-year-old boy, and was sorely disappointed (they also sent me the link to the company's recent shareholder Webcast, btw)
There was the guy in Iran who's DESPERATE to get one for his 3-year-old nephew (sorry)
The guy who claims he can wear a since sensor for up to 18 days with excellent accuracy (?!)
And the guy who wrote to say he just ordered a Minimed pump upgrade w/continuous glucose monitor (Paradigm), and was told -- after it shipped -- that the transmitter/monitor is only under warranty for six months... "although it may last as long as nine months." After the battery dies, he'll have to purchase a new unit at full price. (WtF?)
State of the Union: It's Time to Cure Diabetes
President launching new precision medicine initiative to better treat, cure diseases like diabetes.
'Robotic Pancreas' Appears On American Idol
Carlos Santana's nephew Adam Lasher shows off Dexcom G4 during live performance.
Metformin: A Great Lakes Disaster?
Wisconsin researchers find diabetes drug being discharged into Lake Michigan, affecting fish.
Plus a host of other people writing to say they either love or hate the new CGM technology. Here I think I can safely say, I told you so.
As for me, I'm still chugging along with my Dex.
I've developed a new acronym (everybody who's anybody has got one, right?). Mine is for what to do when things go terribly wrong with your diabetes, like my recent string of >200 BG days for no apparent reason:
Rebel (F-You, diabetes! Hell if I'm gonna keep any records)
Unwind (Retail therapy usually helps; can be hard on your credit cards)
Troubleshoot (OK, now what can I actually try doing differently this time?? There's always some new strategy to try, barring cutting out carbs altogether, which I refuse to do, kapeesh?)
Note that CGM does not necessarily help you avoid the RUT. But the RUT helps you continue using your @#!$! CGM when you're ready to punt it out the window. Kapeesh??