|So fancy! Look at the colored screen!|
I'm happy to report that my insurance will finally cover the upgrade to the new Dexcom G4! After a year on the old, clunky Dexcom 7 (which as noted in previous blog posts I pretty much hated, sorry Dexcom), I will have the new one possibly early next week. The reason I even knew I was eligible for the upgrade was because I accidentally threw away my transmitter( the part the communicates with the CGM and that is NOT disposable) when changing the sensor. So after about a month, I finally called and asked about a replacement. Since they don't even sell the Dexcom 7 system anymore and it's been over a year since I've had it, they immediately put in the paperwork to get me a G4. For those non-diabetics who read this blog, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a device made by the company Dexcom that reads your glucose levels continuously. The little gray transmitter in the picture above clicks into a sensor that you wear on your skin and communicates with the black receiver. You change the part on your skin every week (so you don't develop scar tissue), and just click the transmitter back into the new skin site.
Not all type 1 diabetics choose to have a CGM, but I got the Dexcom 7 last year for better control during pregnancy. Since I was pregnant most of the year, I can say that it helped, but wasn't the best. A lot of times it was inaccurate and would give me more trouble then it was worth. However, the new system is supposed to be much more accurate and it's also slimmer (like an iphone), so that I could slip it into a back pocket instead of clipping next to my pump on my waistband. I can tell you that when I was wearing maternity jeans, this was not even an option, so I'm glad the new one should be easier to carry around. Of course after everything that I've been through this year, it seems daunting to think of getting pregnant again, but it's definitely something that we are thinking about. I refuse to give up after life has been beating me down, and if the new Dexcom G4 will help get my diabetes under better control for the health of a future pregnancy, then I'm all for it.