15 Responses

  1. Tim Brand
    Tim Brand September 13, 2012 at 5:51 am | | Reply

    Nice Post! Disclaimer: we just got our MySentry last week! We got the FFLCWD deal for a lot less than the 3000 grrr. My diabetes world is complete opposite of yours, but you have met my dkids and know that. Our youngest has the revel and we like how it works so far. Its nice to peek into the bedroom and see where she is at, rather than walking up stairs, if she has a good sensor. For the most part we get good sensors. I like it, wife likes it, and after a few weeks I’ll do a CWD parent review. I can see where it would be no use to an adult with T1D. Thanks for a great review Mike.

  2. Doug
    Doug September 13, 2012 at 6:04 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the review. and the perspective from the adult with type one which is so often overlooked by the market place.

    Your experience sounds like my conversation with Dexcom about how they changed the alert tone on the Dexcom to be much more shrill sounding. It now sounds so shrill that it doesn’t sound like any other beep in your life. Which means that at work Ill be forced to turn it off frequently to avoid disturbing coworkers who will think the fire alarm is going off. When I asked Dexcom about it they said the change was done to “save lives”. I don’t have the actual quote but the person on the phone was talking down to me like I couldn’t possibly understand the importance of their work. I wish I had reminded them that I’m their customer, I’m not a reporter or an investor. And I have a right to an opinion on how the devices I use work in my life. And if the changes you make result in the customer turning off features then how is that “saving lives”. ?
    Keep up the good work.

  3. Deirdre Apablasa
    Deirdre Apablasa September 13, 2012 at 7:01 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the heads up. Currently refinancing our house to be able to afford cgm. Almost 40 years type 1 and I apparently don’t qualify for coverage as I have too good control. Very frustrating. If I had a kid with this though I would definitely use this.

  4. Terry
    Terry September 13, 2012 at 8:09 am | | Reply

    Mike – Your column today about the MySentry is why I visit the D’Mine every day. Your honest review of this technology is good for PWD and the manufacturers. CGM monitors have the difficult goal of waking you up, but only with valid alarms. If they “cry wolf” one too many times, they totally neutralize any perceived benefit.

    I’ve used the Dex CGM for three years now and I think it performs admirably, all things considered. I recently suffered through a sleepless night as a brand new sensor was settling in for its first 24 hours of service. It woke me up every hour with false alarms. I didn’t permanently silence it (move it to another room) because I feared that I wouldn’t hear it when it did report an actual low. And it did finally wake me up at 6:00 a.m. with a valid low alarm! If every Dex sensor was this flaky in the first 24 hours, I would have a tough time using any CGM.

    I think that the products that medical device manufacturers put out are over influenced by the FDA and engineering mindset and too little influenced by the experience of actual diabetics living in the real world. Did Medtronic receive any user reports like yours during the MySentry development? If so, did they attempt any changes or were they too influenced by the voices of non-diabetic engineering managers and internal FDA-fearful staff?

  5. StephenS
    StephenS September 13, 2012 at 8:59 am | | Reply

    Thanks Mike… the Spouse and I had pretty much the same discussion, though at 3K the device was never really something we considered. I wouldn’t even feel right trying to file an insurance claim for it, knowing that if it were OK’d that might be 3K that someone else might not get next year for something they really need. Anyway, nice post. Love the pictures.

    And in conclusion: Love my Revel, hate the Harpoon.

  6. D
    D September 13, 2012 at 10:55 am | | Reply

    Mike, thanks for your review! I was also able to take advantage of the trial and agree with a lot of your critiques, especially regarding the cost, the harpoon & accuracy concerns, and the alerts when you get out of range. I see how it could be a pain for those who have a significant other.

    (Also, did you know that if you do unplug mySentry from the wall, after a certain period of time it sounds some kind of beeping alarm/alert for a number of seconds for no obvious reason? But it’s powered off and unplugged, so there’s no way to silence/stop it or figure out why it’s doing it. Odd. Granted, haven’t checked the manual, but I don’t think they like it when you unplug it…)

    However, as an adult with type 1 who lives alone…the mySentry is a lifesaver. Completely. And no, they’re not paying me to say this. I’ll say it willingly to anyone who asks, and even to those who don’t :) . The CGM on a pump alone will not wake me up, but the Sentry does time after time, and has saved me from some significant lows, and helped catch what surely would have been some ridiculous rebounds afterward, since otherwise I would sleep through the regular pump/CGM alarms after I fell back asleep.

    So is there room for improvement? Yes. But for me, I’m pretty sure it has or will save my life at some point. I’m so thankful to have been able to use a tool like this, even for a short trial period, and it gives me a lot of encouragement about the development of other tools coming down the pipeline for those of us with diabetes.

  7. Christi Ferguson
    Christi Ferguson September 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm | | Reply

    While I enjoyed your review, I would like to give my 2 cents review. My 18 year old son started college this year, and we were scared to death since he suffers from nighttime lows and has had a hypoglycemic seizure. We have checked his blood sugars every single night since he was 5. We purchased the My Sentry a few weeks ago ( for $1700, not the $3000). It has been a lifesafer! It has awakened him a few times to prevent a low. It makes me feel better knowing that the alarm will wake his roommates if he doesn’t silence it. I hope that when he gets married, he will have a wife that will be sensitive to his lows. I dread the thought of him ever living alone.

  8. Adult T1 who loves Mysentry
    Adult T1 who loves Mysentry September 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm | | Reply

    I was also able to trial My Sentry and fell in love. Above all else, my husband and 2 children have become more involved in my diabetes care (do you need juice, Mama?)and I have noticed that I have curbed some of my nighttime snacking by keeping it in the kitchen. It’s easy not to overindulge when you have a large beautiful 3 hour graph staring back at you next to the fridge. I also was able to use My Sentry during a bout of illness. My blood sugars had been quite high and once I got them back down within normal range, my husband kept bugging me to monitor my BG (rightfully so!). I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep with no interuptions. I posted My Sentry outside the bedroom door where he could see it and he was able to monitor what was happening while I caught up on much needed sleep. I can see where this system would not be utilized by everyone but I also see it being a huge advantage for others. God forbid, either of my children developed diabetes, I would use this in an instant. Teenagers, pregnant women, elderly patients with caregivers, college age and anyone who needs some visual accountability would benefit. That was the biggest motivating factor for me.

  9. Steve
    Steve September 14, 2012 at 6:16 am | | Reply

    Great perspective, Mike. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Jay
    Jay September 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm | | Reply

    A little research would show you that the price of the MySentry is currently $1400. And as the parent of a child with diabetes, I would love to have the MySentry and hope to save up the $1400 to purchase one. You have the convenience of a spouse to sleep and be by your side when needed. I personally do not like having to have my daughter sleep with us in our bed or for me to have to sleep in her room. You obviously were not the patient they had in mind when this product was developed. I still think $1400 is high,but it is still better and more accurate than the price you misquoted.

  11. Betty
    Betty September 25, 2012 at 11:57 pm | | Reply

    I have a tendency to peak at my husbands Dexcom when he is sleeping (I go to bed later than him) and do accidentally wake him up. This would be nice, but the cost on top of everything else that we buy would deginately be prohibitive. Fortunately one of normally wakes up when his Dexcom beeps.

  12. Kari Rice
    Kari Rice September 30, 2012 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    Thank you Mike for your insight on how CGM works. I think I understand it more now after reading your post vs talking with a Medtrontic Sales Rep. I am looking into the pros and cons of the medtronic paradigm revel minimed and Animas One Touch Ping or even using a pump at all. I am 52 years old and have type 1 for 33 years years. I don’t want a device that makes noise all the time. I like peace and quiet. If anyone can give me their opinion on the two pumps I would greatly appreciate it!!

  13. N.J. Eben
    N.J. Eben February 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for posting this! As parents to a newly diagnosed type I child (12 yrs old), we were “talked into” via parental guilt buying this piece out of our own pockets ($1800…discount price for buying right away with the pump/cgm) since insurance would not cover before our daughter even started on the pump. Three months after starting the pump we were given the go ahead to start using it. It has been nothing but a nightmare!!!! I would not recommend it for a child that is stable as we are very lucky that our daughters numbers are in control and she does not have scary episodes of highs or lows (I realize this is not the case for all). When I asked if we could return it because it was not working properly…via the continuous glucose monitor…we were told they would discuss it and return our call…Still have NOT heard from them yet! It’s been a month and I’m tired of leaving messages. Not impressed! Sorry to vent here, but I’ve yet to find a place on Medtronics website to do so there.

  14. steven
    steven April 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm | | Reply

    Just started using the Mysentry. The screen is ridiculously bright even when turned all the way down. I bought some static cling window tint today at the auto parts store and the light is quite subdued. It doesn’t use glue and peels right off.

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