It is finally here! My brand new Dexcom G4 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system. I am pretty pumped about this piece of technology. The main reason I got this system is to see how my blood sugar levels are during the night while I sleep; going too low while sleeping is a fear of mine. For those of you who do not know what this is, it checks my blood sugar levels every five minutes and plots it on a graph. The picture above is the Receiver. It is a portable handheld device with a screen that shows my current blood sugar level and graph that shows the trend (going higher or lower). One of the best features of this device are the alarms that sound when ever your blood sugar levels go outside of the high and low parameters you set to help you avoid hyper/hypoglycemia.
The picture above is the transmitter. It is hooked into a sensor that is in your body to monitor the sugar levels. This transmits to the receiver every five minutes to give you a play-by-play as to what your blood sugar is doing.
Pictured above is the senor applicator. It is a plunger-like device that uses a small needle to insert a sensor probe that is attached to an adhesive pad that the transmitter locks into.
Here is the transmitter/sensor combo on my skin (apologies for the body hair). This first insertion felt a little uncomfortable and so did wearing the patch, but now that I have been wearing it for several hours I don’t even notice it.