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Guardian vs. DexCom, and More CGM Smarts

First off, I wanted to clear up any misconceptions about my perspective on Medtronic’s Guardian RT continuous glucose monitoring system versus the DexCom. Many of you came away from my first post with the impression that I prefer the DexCom (Seven). Not true. So far I’m finding the Guardian easier to use and more accurate than the Dex. A few details to elaborate:

* I find the Guardian much less fussy to wear and use.…

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MiniLinked! My Turn with the Guardian RT

So I’m hooked up… I finally got my chance to try Medtronic’s MiniMed Guardian RT, the only other continuous glucose monitoring system currently on the market besides the DexCom. I am one of the few who’s had the chance to sample both. So far, it’s been a somewhat bumpy beginning, which leads me to believe that my initial conclusion was spot-on: CGM is a great idea that’s still in its infancy and not quite ready…

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Testing 1, 2, 3

Not to leave you all hanging: after my latest bout of unexplained high blood sugars (S.U.S.), I was determined to make my actions count. In fact I was lying in bed awake night after night with a fierce determination to do something — other than “correct” all day long and write pissy posts about it
Was it my insulin-to-carb ratio that had gone off, or was it just that my basal settings were no longer…

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8-Month Checkup: Still Lovin’ It

Well it’s about 8 months, maybe almost 9, since I started pumping insulin using the tubeless Omnipod system. Many of you have sent queries wondering whether I’m still on it, and still happy? The answers are: yes and yes.
We all know there are no miracle cures. But I can honestly say that 1) pumping has changed my life, and 2) there’s no way I would be here right now, enjoying pumping, if it weren’t…

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Seven Days with DexCom SEVEN

I neglected to tell you all that I’ve been outfitted with the new DexCom SEVEN wireless continuous glucose monitor. I’m on Day 4 today, and so far feeling rather ambiguous about the whole affair. Which is a little unfair, because this version definitely is better than the original. It’s just that I’m still a little disgruntled from my first experience. Allow me to explain:
I wore DexCom’s STS three-day-wear CGM unit for five months last…

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