I’ve been using Dexcom G6 for 4 months now and haven’t looked back. I’ve been diabetic for nearly 40 years and so when I started wrestling with this beast, home monitoring consisted of urine tests only, so it was sugar or no sugar!
I now can’t think how I managed with just finger prick blood tests. I find the arrows info very reassuring and since November I haven’t had a single extreme hypo, it never goes as far as disorientation, profuse sweating and eating everything in sight because I can now do something about the approaching hypo in a controlled way ie my 12g of carbs. I don’t now get the horrible swing the other way after a hypo and having to deal with that too followed by the tiredness which ensues. My Hba1C has gone from 8 to 6.4, so I’m very pleased.
I swim and hike and haven’t had a problem. When I’m swimming I keep my phone receiver in a see-through waterproof bag by the side of the pool for checking sugars while I’m doing my lengths. I don’t get any skin irritation with the sensor patch and I use a patch over the top to secure it.
The only negative side to it that I experience is that I look at my phone too frequently which I’m always admonishing my teenage sons about! I would also say that the frequent sugar readings make it difficult to forget being type 1, it’s always there and I can feel anxious when I’m getting it wrong. However my type 1 is not going away and anxiety about sugar levels was there before CGM anyway. CGM does make me a little bit obsessed with my levels but I feel better and I wouldn’t be without it.