Monday, October 5, 2015

Comparing the New Dexcom G5 to the G4

Because I no longer use this site for my blog, this post can now be found on my new blog called My T1 Diabetes.  To find the post comparing the Dexcom G5 to the G4 please click the link HERE. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my new blog. 
DEXCOM G5

15 comments:

  1. I doubt the transmitter has any memory to store data to then dump to your phone when reconnected. I thought with the iPhone others could monitor and receive your alerts as well. Have you found that to be the case? (parent of T1D) Thanks for your post.

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    1. yes- you can have people follow your BGs. i don't use that feature tho. and yes, i'm sure you're right about the memory storage. my local dexcom rep steered me wrong and told me it WOULD be able to do that so it was a bit disappointing.

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  2. Yes, up to other 5 can follow your BGs in real time, as before.

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  3. The G5 transmitter looks bulkier/more cumbersome than the G4. How did the 2 compare when wearing them?

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    1. Hi Andrea- You're right that it is slightly bulkier, but I barely noticed. It was like the first Dexcom transmitter I had, which I got in Oct 2014. The second one I got had slimmed down a bit, and now this one is back to that slightly bulkier size. BUT, as far as wearing it, for me, I haven't noticed a difference. After wearing my transmitter for about 3-4 days, I then reinforce it with tape. I've always done this because I'm in the water quite a bit. So no probs with size for me. Hope it's not a problem for you.

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  4. This was a great recap and comparison! Thank you! I like mine, but my phone is smaller so that might make it easier. I have to admit that touching multiple buttons is a bit more work, but before I go to bed at night, I'd leave my screen on the Dexcom screen, so if an alarm goes off, all I have to do is use my thumbprint and the info is right there. Loving your blog!

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  5. yes- i bet the smaller iphone would make it less cumbersome- good point!
    thank you for loving the blog!

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  6. I love your blog I have learned so much. My son has the G4 with share and we are very happy. Also brought his a1c
    Down. I am glad to know that we're not missing anything with our G4 with share

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    1. Hi! Thank you so much for the kind words. I am so glad your son is doing so great with the Dexcom- For me, it's been a huge game changer in how I manage my blood sugars! Sounds like it's been the same for you. Please keep coming back to my blog. Thank you so much for adding to the conversation!

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  7. Hi I actually switched from total Medtronics (had used Medtronics for about 10 years) to Animus Pump and Dexcom G4 CGM about 6 months ago. To date I have really liked the G4/G5 especially compared to the Medtronics - as the process of "injecting" the sensor is completely painless. Medtronics would cause me to bleed -sometimes requiring me to toss out the sensor and inject a new one it would be so bad. With the G4 (which I had I guess 6 months) I setup the Dexcom with share- as I'm a sound sleeper and have frequent lows during sleep and didn't hear the Receiver alarm in my sleep. Two weeks ago, I upgraded from the G4 to the G5- keeping the same Receiver I just had to download a software update. So far I am liking the option of not "having" to carry the Receiver around with me- however when I'm in a government building (court, etc.,) and you're not allowed to take a cell phone in with you- the Receiver is nice to have with me. Same thing at the gym, etc., instead of carrying my iPhone 6Plus around the gym with me. So I am finding I like having the option to have both- going to a concert the other night, for example- it was nice to just have my phone with me and not carry two devices plus my wallet, etc., etc., I am starting to play around with the Dexcom clarity app but haven't really discovered any real use for it- with the limited info that it shows - also not sure when I have my next doctors appointment- and typically they download everything from the Receiver- how that will play out when I am possibly only using the Receiver 40% of the time- and that Clarity app doesn't seem to keep more than two weeks of data on my phone- also I had previously plugged my Receiver into my computer to upload data- but now (not carrying the Receiver around as much) not sure how that will play out for the doc either-

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  8. i've heard they are adding some good stuff to the clarity app- btw, the one online compared to the phone app give SO much more info. have you checked that out?
    https://clarity.dexcom.com

    thanks so much for writing about your switch from animus-

    it's funny, lots of people i've heard from use both the dexcom receiver AND the phone. having both options is nice. i never would have thought i'd still be using the receiver so often, but i think i actually prefer it to my large 6+ that requires more button pushing to get the info i'm looking for. never thought about being in governmental buildings or other places where you're not suppose to pull out your phone!

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  9. We are deciding if we should upgrade our middle schooler to the g5. She currently can use the g4 with share and the numbers go straight to her pump. She can't carry a cell phone in school so this is helpful. However, when she's not in school, she'd probably love to just have her sensor on and her cell phone... so since she's got the tslim pump that shows her numbers and that won't work with the g5... we really don't know what to do. It's so frustrating that the g4 and tslim came out and few months later the g5 comes out... why can't the g5 work with the tslim with some sort of pump software upgrade???

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    1. oh, i'm sure that's so frustrating. i'm sure it's just a matter of time tho. good luck!
      and btw, will the school not let her have a phone?!?!?! even tho it's for diabetes related info? that seems absolutely insane.

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  10. Very helpful. Do you have anything to add since your last post? We're shopping now. I really appreciate your post.

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    1. Hi, well, i've moved this blogpost to the new address of myt1diabetes.com. so yes, i've added new posts, but no further info about the g4/g5 comparison. i still love my dexcom but don't feel like the g5 made a huge impact on my life beyond what the g4 alread had. good luck on your shopping. if you have any specific questions, please lmk! thank you so much!

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