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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Think about your DexCom

Scott Benner

Have you every looked down at your DexCom and thought, “I wish this thing did ___________”.

 

Well I have and I wrote a blog about it. That blog post created a way for me to get my wishes into the back office at DexCom.

 

I wrote recently about an insulin switch that we made (Novolg to Apidra) and in that post I challenged myself and the reader to not become complacent with the ways and tools that we use to manage our children’s type I. I took my own advice and made an incremental advancement in Arden’s care and the results were totally worth the effort.

 

I don’t want to stop at that...  So in regards to the Dex, maybe we start with making some thoughtful suggestions to the good folks at DexCom about what features would assist us in taking better care of our kids (adults using Dex are welcome to join in as well).

 

Please leave your suggestions as a comment or send me an email.  I’ll compile everyones thoughts and get them into the right hands. Maybe together we can help ourselves instead of waiting and wishing and dreaming that someone will help us.

 

I hope you take a minute to lend your voice! Please know that your thoughts will definitely end up on the desk of the right person. Include your name and website (if you have) so that I can properly give credit to each of your ideas. 

 

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Scott
Just got a great email full of ideas, keep them coming!
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:43 PM

I would love to be able to adjust the pitch of the high and low alert. To me, it needs to be reversed because (in my opinion) a low is an immediate danger. Sometimes the alert as is sounds muffled and I don't always hear it. The high alert always gets my attention, if not scaring the pants off of me.

Also, I wish they had a screen to show average bg's like a meter does. 7, 14, 30 & 60 day averages. I hate having to plug it up and download just to know.
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 04:39 PM
I think Dex and all other D devices should speak a common data language. That data belongs to the patient not the tech company and should be in standard formats that facilitate our care not their proprietary business model. It should speak with data analysis tools on the desk top or mobile device of our choosing and facilitate combining pump delivery info, meter info and wizard info entered into any device,
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 12:25 PM
I couldnt agree more with Sarah on the Low alerts.  My son Nate has had the Dexcom for three months, and I have a baby monitor sitting practically on top of it at night to ensure I can hear the vibrate and slight beep when he is going low.  I also cannot understand why it doesnt have a better range?  My company sells RF remotes that can signal through 3-storys... Dexcom only 5 feet?  An RF repeater addition would be nice...
Love it otherwise.  A little flakey at times, but cannot imagine life without it!
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 01:16 PM