Dexcom G6

Success! This was Grasshopper’s first time putting on the Dexcom G6. As you can hear Grasshopper say himself, it was a painless process. Thanks Dexcom!

The whole family helps out when he needs a new Dexcom sensor or a new insulin infusion site. Sweet little Sunshine holds her big brother. Also please excuse the deflated green and white Publix balloons on our playroom floor!

The Dexcom system has three parts: a sensor, a transmitter, and a receiver. The sensor is the white patch with the clear oval. It goes on first on Grasshopper’s belly. There is a very fine wire that is inserted just under his skin. It is the wire that is actually the sensor and which detects fluctuations of glucose in the interstitial fluid under his skin. The transmitter is the grey piece that pops into the clear bit on the sensor. It sends the glucose readings to the receiver. In Grasshopper’s case we use an old iPhone.

This device is important to us because with it we have a warning if Grasshopper’s blood sugar goes too low or too high. We are also able to use it to gauge what to do next without always having to stop and prick his finger. Checking his blood sugar with the glucose meter is like looking at a snapshot. We know what his blood sugar is right at that moment but not what it was 5 minutes before or what it might be 5 minutes later. Yes, blood sugar really can change that rapidly. Using the Dexcom is like watching a video instead of looking at still photographs. You have a much better idea of what is actually going on. It isn’t infallible, and there are some issues we have had but overall it has helped us so much to make better decisions. It means we can Sugar Surf. True, none of this is the cure the world desperately needs. But technology like this helps us manage the daily relentless tasks of type 1 diabetes.

Below are photos of the Dexcom G6 system as they come in their boxes.

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