Dexcom continuous glucose monitor and the Animas pump.

By Richknowbody Latest Reply 2011-11-11 14:16:08 -0600
Started 2011-07-23 10:17:53 -0500

Getting the pump in the next couple of weeks. Got the insurance and deductable taken care of.
Should be interesting to see my blood tested every 5 minutes. 288 times a day.

I can't wait until FDA gives them approval for the integrated system. This system is the continuous glucose monitor informing the pump to deliver insulin as your body needs it.
Closest thing to a pancreas so far.
This system is being used in Europe.

9 replies

kdroberts 2011-10-13 20:56:02 -0500 Report

I just tried the Dexcom, I thought it was awful. So awful that even though I could get it for free and all the supplies for free, I said no. I'm trying out the Ping next week so hopefully that goes better.

Jdx 2011-11-11 14:00:30 -0600 Report

Just curious if you had the chance to try the animas ping. I have been on mine since last april and its working much better than the old MDI routine. My last A1c was considerably lower. I think it was a good switch for me.

kdroberts 2011-11-11 14:16:08 -0600 Report

I quit that trial after 3 days, but unlike the Dexcom trial it was because I wanted my own. Got the pump a week later and have been hooked up for a couple of weeks now. So far so good.

Richknowbody 2011-10-14 08:38:40 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about it being awful for you. I like it. I love the running graph of the test every 5 minutes of your blood sugars. It tests your sugar 288 times a day. Was the injecting of the sensor in your stomach the hard part?

kdroberts 2011-10-14 08:51:35 -0500 Report

It was rarely accurate. Mostly 30-60 points off my meter reading. I had to turn off all the alarms because they were going off at incorrect times but even then I still got the hardcoded one. Like when it went off at 1am saying my BG was 44 when my glucose meter read 109. Testing 288 times a day is great if its reasonably accurate, when its not accurate you may as well just guess based on how you feel. The receiver also bugged me, it was like stepping 20 into the past. The biggest problem is it doesn't test blood sugar, it just displays a blood sugar equivalent which is calculated rather than measured. I'll try it in a year or so when the generation 4 comes out.

Richknowbody 2011-10-14 09:07:35 -0500 Report

It is not reading blood glucose. It is reading the liquids in your stomach fat. So there is a lag. The 44 could have been correct, while the 109 is also correct. Blood sugar will be faster. There is a lag before your stomach fat catches up to your blood glucose. The two metals platinum and sliver create an electrical current which gives the reading, same as blood glucose test strips. Oh, well, I do more finger stick tests now that I have the dexcom.

ericaf 2011-10-13 18:56:44 -0500 Report

I have had the animas pump for over 4 years now and it automatically improved my A1C by a whole point!!! i love my pump! Happy pumping!

Richknowbody 2011-08-10 09:03:02 -0500 Report

Love the Dexcom CGM continuous glucose monitoring system. I know I am doing a better job of keeping a tighter control of my blood sugars because of this monitor. Hope it becomes very common and cheap.

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