Dexcom 4: Moment 1

Think maybe one ton blog post re use Dexcom G4 for encourage self persevere. This Day 1 (Moment 1).

Some things:

1. CD no like Mac


The Dexcom G4 tutorial CD does not work in this MacBook Pro. I used the written materials to learn things.

2. Receiver arrive w. full charge?

This seems to indicate a full charge? The vacuum cleaner is just a platform to hold the transmitter during charging. It is not an important element of this exciting new technology.

This symbol seems to indicate a full charge so we started right away.

3. Sensor in!

3. Sensor in!A+ parent tip: matter-of-fact say I'm going to put this on you now.CHILD: Will it hurt?PARENT: NoCHILD: Do you know what you're doing?PARENT: Yes, I already did it to myself and it didn't hurt. Just watch Minecraft while I do itResult=not hurt. No trauma. (So excited try, not even remember get emla cream.)

I was so excited to try the new toy, I completely forgot to get the recommended emla cream*.

Truth. Not hurt. Not cry out. Just watch Minecraft/other enchantment, then hear child say, That’s it? It’s over?

Other truth: Pretty awkward insert; not sure why must have huge contraption, assorted clicks + directionalities. Put faith in biomedical engineers + proceed w. confidence is Bigfoot advice for new user.

Currently wait for sensor acclimate interstitial fluids, get acquainted w. receiver. Keep close for maximum mingle + get-to-know, maybe 3 hours?

During 3-hour waiting period, Bigfoot need run, shower, and believe need purchase special tape for reinforce sensor adhesive? This funny picture from instruction manual:

also seen in Slapdash Solutions Illustrated

also seen in Slapdash Solutions Illustrated

*Read about emla cream now: also useful during circumcision! Must be potent.



  1. Katie · March 23, 2013

    It looks like there is pump tubing running out of the sensor. Just a weird camera angle perhaps? Is that Bub’s pump tubing just really close to Dex? Glad you got it in and that it wasn’t too traumatic. Don’t be frustrated if the readings and the BG tests aren’t dead on for the first 24 hours. Sometimes it takes a day for it to really settle in. I actually get the best readings as the days go on. Also, don’t over calibrate. You can still test as many times as you want, but only enter it into the receiver when it’s asking you to (2-3 times/24 hours). When I first started using it I was entering my BG into Dex every time I tested, but then the tech support told me this actually confuses the system more.


    • Katy · March 23, 2013

      the infusion site is in his bum—just a weird curlicue! the thing will beep? buzz? when it wants a calibration number, i guess? i put the receiver in his pocket for now, but i know it doesn’t need to be that close forever. i am so e x c i t e d too see the graph!


      • Katie · March 23, 2013

        It will either beep or buzz, depending on which “Profile” sound you chose. A red blood drop image will also appear on the screen. So exciting!!!


  2. cbwinchild · March 23, 2013

    you are both such studs.


    • Katy · March 23, 2013

      thank you thank you thank you.


  3. Scott E · March 23, 2013

    The last time I heard of using tape for “extra support”, I think it was in reference to an image-conscious actress trying to fill out her dress as she walked down the red carpet.

    Katie has some good advice. They say two hours, but the sensor is most accurate after it’s had time to marinate for twenty-four. (The other advice is good, too!)


  4. laura · March 23, 2013



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

    1. I watched the tutorial online.

    2. Here’s how we tape it down:

    But we don’t tape it until way into the life (2nd life) of a sensor and sometimes don’t tape at all.

    Glad to see it’s on him and you’re up and running!!!

    Good job!


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

    We calibrate for the first BG of the day, either when she wakes up or eats breakfast, and then when she checks before bedtime.

    We don’t calibrate in between unless it’s wonky.


  7. shannon · April 2, 2013

    we don’t use dex so no useful info here but we DO use emla cream for her mm cgm and if she ever gets a tattoo she plans to use it then too!


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