Caleb has been using DexCom G4 for over five months. He used the Seven Plus system for three years prior to the G4. The G4 is a remarkable improvement.
- The accuracy is significantly better. There are times that we confirm a DexCom reading with a fingerstick hoping that DexCom will be wrong, as it often was with the Seven Plus, but it never is. Okay, maybe once since Caleb’s been using it, it was off. True story. No joke.
- The range – OH THE RANGE! It is unbelievable. Everything is different with the range. As the caregiver, the controls are now in my hands, where they should be. This allows Caleb a little freedom not to have to think about his BG constantly or have me constantly asking him what DexCom says, (as used to be the case, evidenced by this video).
- Although not at the top of the list, the color screen makes the whole experience more pleasant.
So here is the news from diaTribe® on DexCom Share, read the full post here:
Dexcom is also working on a new remote monitoring product, Dexcom Share. The product is a cradle that holds the G4 Platinum receiver and plugs into a power outlet at a user’s bedside. Data from the G4 Platinum are then sent via the cradle (using Bluetooth) to a nearby smartphone. That phone then uploads the data to a web-based platform, where it can be monitored by parents or caregivers on their own cellphones.
Why I am excited about this:
- I’m the main caregiver to Caleb (aside from himself, of course). I’m on overnight duty. Traveling stresses me out. This will change that – completely!
- Sleepovers. Need I say more?
- Progress – we are moving in the right direction. In January, DexCom’s CEO spoke of DexCom’s Gen 5 which he was using at the time - the transmitter speaks with mobile devices (without the cradle) and texts alerts to caregivers. Are you drooling like I am? DexCom Share seems like a fantastic intermediary step which makes me feel like the Gen 5 is within our reach.
Speaking of DexCom’s CEO, Terry Gregg, he will be on TuDiabetes Live chat this Thursday (tomorrow).