CGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors)

Judgement Day: Disappointed

This is a sorry post to have to pen, folks.  I had such high hopes.  I wish the news were better.  But  after three full months of futzing around with my new DexCom continuous monitor, calibrating and charging and re-initiating at every turn, my A1c has not made significant improvement.
I’m at 7.1 — up, in fact, from the 6.9 result I got at the (potentially iffy) on-site testing at the ADA Conference back in…

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Trouble in Reimbursement City

We’ve been asking the question, “How soon will insurance providers start covering continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices?”  But it seems the more accurate inquiry would be, “Why won’t insurance providers ‘reimburse’ for CGM devices any time soon?”
There are some serious barriers in the way, as I’ve experienced personally in the last few weeks, submitting multiple claims for my DexCom supplies — and receiving rejection after complicated rejection.  Each “Explanation of Benefits” form from Blue…

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Why I’m Still Using My CGM

Yes, I know, I’m very delinquent in updating you all on my DexCom use.  Everybody wants to know if I’m still using it, and what my experience has been.  Well now, it’s a mixed bag, that’s what.  By all accounts, considering the tsuris (that’s Yiddish for trouble/inconvenience) it’s caused, I should’ve given it up weeks ago. But I can’t.  I won’t!
Reader MikeG summed it up best in a recent comment here:
“(DexCom) is a…

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DexCom DM Consumer Data Manager

This just in, literally (just hit my inbox): 
Now you can download your (CGM) data to your PC.
Zoom in on Glucose Trend Graphs or view Trend or Modal Day information.        
The new DexCom DM™ Consumer Data Manager software program enables DexCom™ STS™ System users to download up to 30 days of glucose data onto their PC, and view graphs beyond the 1-, 3-, and 9-hour trend graphs viewable on the STS Reciever. Users can…

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DexCom Patient Software Approved and Available

Thanks to MikeG for the tip, as my family and I have literally just landed. Cleared customs, hopped in a van, dropped our luggage in the foyer, and of course I’m online already (if a little light-headed).
But I just had to call attention to the news that DexCom’s software allowing patients to download and view up to 30 days of glucose data from its wireless continuous monitoring system was approved by the FDA today!…

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