Tales from Odin’s Beard: Windows of Opportunity

There is a small window of opportunity above your triceps and below your shoulder that your Dexcom sensor can appropriately reside. If you aim too low, your arm will let you know with a constant “pinch” whenever you move your arm in any direction. It’s not comfortable. You’ll also know that you missed the mark because your receiver will display one of the following graphs over a 12-hour period:

  • Nothing
  • Radical shifts in readings – such as 80 mg/dL to 300 mg/dL in 30 minutes
  • Nothing
  • or Nothing

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Tales From Odin’s Beard: More on the Dexcom G4 Transmitter

Previously on A Consequence of Hypoglycemia:

First things first, the transmitter. By Odin’s Beard, this thing is huge.

Now for a dose of context:

G4 on the left. Seven Plus on the right.

When you hear people talk about the size of the G4 (pictured left) transmitter compared to the Seven Plus (pictured right), I think it’s important to put things in proper context and understand what we’re talking about.

2 pennies. That’s what this is about.

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Finding a Comfort Zone

When I started on Dexcom’s G4, I lowered my high alarm from 180 mg/dL to 160 mg/dL. While it’s been a small journey trying to adjust to the increased frequency of alarms, I think I’m finally starting to notice a positive trend.

Not perfect, but better.

When I get it right, my time spent above 160 is not significant over a 24-hour period. Of course this statement comes with the huge “IF”, because I have had many adventures into the upper 200s for hours on end, but I’m here to focus on the good side of blood glucose control. So let’s stay positive here.

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