Dex Addicts


Somehow I still find Dexy’s buzzes charming. Any other thing that behaved like this I would throw out the window.

All night. Not complain.

Low reminder interval setting = every 15 minutes.

Zzzzt! LOW UNDER 80. 72.

Trudge trudge strip-poke-squeeze-test: 91 (I’m not treating for that. I’ve fallen for this trick too many times)

Callibrate w 91. Dex acquiesce. Change 72–>77.


Zzzzt! LOW UNDER 80. 75.

Trudge trudge strip-poke-squeeze-test: 89 (I will not overcalibrate, I will not over calibrate, I will not.)


Zzzzt! LOW UNDER 80. 78.

Trudge trudge strip-poke-squeeze-test: 88 (<—seriously this BG is not going anywhere. If I turn the Dex off will I have to go through the 2-hour warm up phase again? Why didn’t I read the instruction manual? Screw it. I’m calibrating.)

Dex not acquiesce this calibration. Dex see Bigfoot 88 and change 78 to 75! Balls.


Blindly push button. (I’m not opening my eyes for anything less than a zzzt-zzzt-zzzt with peppy tune.)


Blindly push button.


Blindly push button.

&etc. until 7:30AM Bubs breakfast, at last, Dex & Verio agree. Love.

Happy ending.

Happy ending.



  1. Eileen · June 6, 2013

    We are 2 weeks in and I am addicted. Not sure how I lived without dex. Cannot. Stop. Calibrating. We just had a night exactly like the kind your dex shows…on the edge of the 80 line all night. I resisted urge to treat with food or temp basal b/c SO many times we surge up to 200’s then & can’t get down. And I had just listened our endo speak at event about dangers from long-term highs so that was echoing in my head. Oh but I so wanted to squirt an applesauce into my little dude’s mouth.


  2. Sara · June 6, 2013

    Shutdown = I’m turning you off because I don’t want to listen to you anymore. But when I turn you on, you better get right back to work.

    Stop sensor = two hours of pain and anxiety


    • Katie · June 6, 2013

      Ditto. Just select “shutdown” and it stays “on” in the background and then you can just start it up again w/o 2 hour start up.


      • katy · June 7, 2013

        Hey ya’lls. I did it this morning at 4! Works like a charm. As if there were any doubt after BOTH of my D-idols said so.


  3. Scott E · June 7, 2013

    I’m still laughing at the title of this post…

    Sara’s right about the 2-hour warmup. Although my CGM isn’t a Dex, the reason I extend the life of my sensors is not because I’m cheap or lazy (though I am), it’s because I can’t bear the thought of going blind for two hours…


  4. Pancreastic Mom · June 7, 2013

    I have been changing her low alert from 80 to 70 for these early morning “lows” she also has been having. I figure 70 is good for a fasting glucose, right? I’m like Scott…not loving the thought of going blind. I, too, am a Dex addict. Not always a great solution…I think Dex likes to play at night sometimes. Last night, alert low….I checked and was 116, Dex had diag arrow down. Alert LOW 55…and said 53 with diag arrow down…I checked…106….really?? Twice as high as Dex says? Sounds like a game to me. This is a new sensor inserted a day and a half ago…usually after first 24 hours it’s spot on. How long is transmitter supposed to last? Wondering if time for a new one? Guess I could drag out the manual:)


    • Katy · June 7, 2013

      I think I remember the transmitter lasts 6 months. I’m hoping they’ll cue me when it’s time for a new one.

      Sent from my iPhone


  5. Scott K. Johnson · June 7, 2013

    Oh man, what a night!


  6. krisfitz · June 14, 2013

    Best. Title. Ever.


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