Friday, November 23, 2012

Ain't nothin' but a G4 thang, baaaaabay!

One, two, three and to the fo'
UPS man is knockin' at the do'
G4 ready to make an entrance, so back on up
[Cause you know we 'bout to rip 'betes up]

Gimme the receiver first, so I can get it charged
Dexcom and Omnipod together, now you know we livin' large
Ain't nothin' but a G4 thang, baaaaabay!
To make this Momma go craaaaazay!
Our Dexcom G4 Platinum arrived Monday.
Ella ripped it open like a package on Christmas Day
And immediately named it....Tickles...after its color "Tickled Pink."
I have yet to figure out how to make this appropriate in public.
"Mom....Tickles is vibrating and I feel high"
Anyhow, as soon as Tickles was charged up, we slapped the new transmitter on her and anxiously waited 2 hours for Tickles to go through her wetting phase...
Some of you will remember that we tried out the Dexcom7 (aka G3) but very quickly learned that we didn't work well together. She was wrong...a lot. Which lead to more blood sugar checks. And Ella was always leaving her here or there so she always gave me the "out of range" reading. I think we used her for about 2 weeks before we packed her up and put her out of sight.
So obviously I had reservations about paying $399 to upgrade to the G4, but I figured I had 30 days to try it out and return it if I didn't like it. Plus once Ella saw they had a pink one, she was "tickled" - nice marketing scheme, Dexcom.
Too bad you don't offer it in lime green or I might get one for myself just cuz.
We've been bonding with Tickles (Yeah...) for about 5 days now and I have to say I am in love. 
Here's my top 5 reasons why:
1. Accuracy - Other than some minor drifting that was happening around 8pm at night, Tickles has been darned accurate when Ella's in-range or high. There's still a lag when Ella's in the hypo range, so we set the hypo alert at 90 which is working better for us.
2. Range - Ella was HORRIBLE at keeping the G3 within 5 feet, which is probably why it was always so inaccurate. Tickles can be left on the kitchen counter and Ella can wander through the house and it will still pick her up. Right now I'm downstairs and she's sleeping upstairs and I'm watching a post-pizza high come down rather nicely on the color screen. G4 range is 20 feet, we've had it still working at around 50 feet when in an open area like at a park or outside.
3. The pretty ring tones. Seriously. I love that I know if Ella's high or low based on the pretty ring tone that either goes up or down.
 4. Size - the G4 receiver is much smaller and far superior to the egg-shaped G3 receiver. But would someone PLEASE make a rubber cover for Tickles (Yeah...see what I mean???) so I don't live in fear of Ella dropping it on the tile floor?
5. Ella loves it because it's pink and it looks a nano. Which makes me less likely to have to nag her about where it is.  
It's like this and like that and like that and uh
It's like that and like this and like that and uh
It's like this, the G4's the CGM with the most.
So jus' chill, 'til the next blog post.
PS - I blogged about my love affair with the G4 all on my own. I wish Dexcom would pay me for this...or at least send me a few free sensors on the side.
PPS - This is just our own unique experiences with the G3 and the G4. My results were not obtained via a well-designed and statistically significant clinical trial and most certainly would not qualify for a peer-reviewed scientific journal article. If you're interested in real results, I suggest you start here.  
PPPS - My sincere apologies to Snoop Doggy Dog and Dr. Dre


  1. Too funny! She has a Tickle on her tummy! So jealous. The girls won't even entertain the idea of a Tickle.

  2. Glad you got the G4. We are thinking about changing d-daughter to G4 when the time is up on her guardian. Cool post. Also you might want to update link for my blog on your blog roll, I moved to wordpress. Thanks again for sharing.

  3. 14 year old daughter now using the G4 (we did have the 7). Had it two weeks and seams to be more accurate accept for lows. It has shown she was low (<55) two time and she was in the 70's. otherwise its been very accurate. Plays on a travel softball team and it reaches about 50 ft in direct line outside. In the house about 25 feet and through a few walls or through the floor to upstairs. Works great and we like it a lot better. Receiver is much better.

  4. what a great review! i can't wait to start!

    ella didn't seem to have any qualms about sticking the sensor on...this is a huge challenge over here. how do you do it? is she just extra, super, fantastically brave? btw, the sensor looks HUGE on her tiny tummy.

    your post makes me so happy and optimistic about the G4. thank you!