This Came

Looks like Lego

Looks like Lego

Package on front porch: of course Bubs assume Lego. Bigfoot also think: Lego. Then open box. It Dexcom G4!

BUBS: Oh. I thought it would be the pick-a-brick

BIGFOOT: Me too. But this is going to be great!

BUBS: No way

BFOOT: You don’t have to do it today, but you do have to start using it. It will be great! We’ll be able to see if your blood sugar is rising or falling, and it will be so much better for you, you’ll see

BUBS: Why do you always have to tell me what to do?

BFT: Well, actually, it was Dr. _____’s idea. (<—That a lie. It Bigfoot idea.)

BUBS: Forget it. I’m going to play basketball


Look in box:

#1 Promising. Even though weird clickwheel ruse, Bubs appreciate sleek styling much as any budding metrosexual.



#2 Kind of freaky, but also kind of like infusion site? On the other hand, more like bloody cockroach gauze-taped to belly.

Uh oh

Uh oh.

#3 Srsly? This illustrate what—how soothing, super-long, sharp stinger feel against skin? Turn user into French manicure lady? Nothing about image #3 communicate, “You’re going to love this!” to child.


AYFKM? This is terrifying. And yet presented as if it’s news of a grand, sunny day. If I were Dexcom, I’d want to keep this tentacle under wraps until the person got to know me better. IS THAT THING GOING TO GO ALL THE WAY IN?

Grateful this equipment arrive, but how convince Bubs try? Want so much think Dexcom necessary, i.e. not optional. How make child want use? Fewer pokes not motivate; Bubs not mind pokes. Not really want bring safety into discussion because not want frighten.

INCONVENIENT TRUTH: main point Dexcom G4 is parental convenience; difficult parents ask child wear cockroach/giant stinger when POV child, parental convenience irrelevant.



  1. Katie · March 22, 2013

    Yippee!! I hope he warms up to it in time.


  2. Linda · March 22, 2013

    Would Jack or BFspouse or other courageous male person consent to try it first and review scariness/comfort issues for Sir Bubs? 100% agreed, the fingernails richly enhance the creeper effect. Bad call, Dexcom! What if you told him all your steadfast readers would wait with bated breath to know if he likes it – Would he be less or more inclined to consider a trial run? Because we would!


  3. Robin Jingjit · March 22, 2013

    Why IS that stinger so long?


  4. Krissy McMomma · March 22, 2013

    I bribed Ella with a mani/pedi. Perhaps bribe Bubs with a new lego set? Also, we use a squirt of EMLA cream on the skin first. Cover with tegaderm, let it soak in for at least 30 minutes. Wipe excess EMLA cream off with alcohol wipe, slam Dexcom on. She doesn’t feel a thing. Honest to goodness.


    • Katy · March 22, 2013

      i will get emla cream—that way it won’t be a traumatic introduction.


  5. drjmeade · March 22, 2013

    Maybe a pic of another kid using it. It measure BG constantly? Cool.


    • Katy · March 22, 2013

      good idea. not a lot of kids have them, but i’m pretty sure 100% of the kids who have them have parents who blog or vlog about it.


  6. Ann · March 22, 2013

    Wow. This looks cool. Does it talk to the pump too or just warn you if hi or low? Remember Bubs wasn’t big on the idea of the pump at first either. I vote for the emla cream.


    • Katy · March 22, 2013

      ann! yes! it takes a reading every few seconds, and it isn’t necessarily accurate, but can say if he’s going up or down. very, very handy!


      • Krissy McMomma · March 22, 2013

        The Gen4 has been, for us, ridiculously accurate!


  7. Eileen · March 22, 2013

    Wow, excited, nervous, happy for you. I am so intrigued by these but still feel like i have so much to learn with the pump & that’s after 10 mos. Not liking idea of the 2nd site but I have talked to many parents who say they can’t manage without cgm. Kind of looks like iPod so that’s nice.


  8. Carey · March 23, 2013

    It’s a tough one. My son and I just had a talk about why it’s important to wear the CGM. I can understand you don’t want to frighten him, but (and I’m not sure of his age), I think they are well aware of the dangers of dropping too low or being extremely high all night. He didnt like it one bit, but he understood. We take long breaks between wearing it because I try not to push it, but I would feel a lot more at ease if he wore it all the time. It is a lot for a little kid.


  9. Leighann of D-Mom Blog · March 23, 2013

    When we very first started CGM, we had a sticker chart and she got something after 10 stickers.

    Legos for Bubs? But the key would be not buying him Legos for no reason in the meantime.

    Also, in the beginning I told her that I (actually me and my husband) were making the choice for her to try it to see if it would help us. I told her she had to wear it continuously for X number of sensors then she could take breaks between. The reality is that she relies on the CGM so much now that she immediately wants a new sensor put on.

    Neither Q, nor us parents, could imagine diabetes management without it now.

    Oh yeah…I put on a sensor the first time, too.


  10. Scott E · March 23, 2013

    Yikes! Either someone thought that some fancy camerawork to showcase the product is a GOOD idea, or that thing really is as threatening as the dreaded Medtronic CGM. Thankfully, Dex has that gigantic single-use (i.e. wasteful) inserter which hides the needle so you never really know…


  11. shannon · April 2, 2013

    i snorted aloud at IS THAT THING GOING TO GO ALL THE WAY IN

    love the feedback you’ve gotten here.


  12. K · April 11, 2013

    Those pictures are awful! The sensor is actually so thin! Probably 1/3 or maybe 1/2 the width of an infusion set cannula. I don’t know…VERY thin wire. WE watched the tutorial video together and then, because she was nervous, I found a video on youtube of a mom inserting a Dexcom 7(inserter looks the same) sensor in her approx. 3year old son…and it was obvious it didn’t hurt him. So, we did it and she is always fine with changes now…it was just the fear of the unknown. She says a sensor change hurts much less than a pump site change..says the sensors really don’t even hurt. She’s 7. And, yeah, she doesn’t want to be without it now…and I’m wondering how we made it through a year of diabetes without the wonderful G4:)


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