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Dexcom G5 Mobile

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by Leeds Lass, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Leeds Lass

    Leeds Lass · Well-Known Member

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    I need a bit of help with regards to the Dexcom G5 Mobile because it is completely battering my brain

    We are looking into getting a G5 for my husband as he has received an email for the transmitter and one sensor for £160, which is good but what would be the running costs after that? It does say that you don't need to purchase a receiver so that's one less thing to worry about.

    I see that people are getting more than 7 days out of the sensors which is fab

    Also when you place your order how long do they normally take to arrive?

    Thanks in advance
  2. katmcd

    katmcd Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Usually within a week-you can track each stage of the parcels journey.
    I got skintac (about £23) and a roll of rock tape h2o (about £13) in addition to the dexcom sensor and transmitter.
    I use my mobile as the receiver but use xDrip+ rather than official dexcom app. Think the dexcom app limits the life of the grey transmitter to just over 3 months and causes it to switch off. xDrip+ overrides this so it keeps going until the battery actually dies.
    The official line is that a sensor should be replaced after 7 days (so about £200 a month) but I keep mine on 30 days, saving £150.
    I love my G5, wouldn't be without it!
  3. CathP

    CathP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    We use G4 for my 6 year old daughter, so same sensors. We get 2-4 weeks from each sensor. Dexcom are very easy to deal with and delivery is only a couple of days.
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  4. Kim Possible

    Kim Possible · Guest

    I have no experience of the G5. However, I have trialled the G4. As with the comments on this thread, many people are able to "restart" the G4 sensor after the designated 7 days.
    I have tried putting mine in many places - stomach, back, arm, ... it is definitely possible to restart it and getting it working for more than the 7 days. However, it has not lasted more than 10 days for me. This is due to the area around the sensor getting "distressed". I don't know why I am more "distressing" than other people but had similar problems with the Libre and have to change my pump after two days otherwise the itchiness gets too much. I always use SkinTac to reduce this (an additional cost).
    I may just be more sensitive or it could be that I have little fat or that I am constantly moving and exercising which means, wherever I put the sensor, it moves around a lot.
    That said, the extra input you get from a CGM is wonderful.
    Just don't do your budgeting based on 30 days per sensor: you may be disappointed.
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