When Dexcom introduced their new Share receiver, it was an answered prayer for me. I know that the Nightscout project had been around long before and was, and still is, a great setup for those who want to use it. As a matter of fact, I still do use it with the help of the Nightscout Share2Bridge extension. But the old way that Nightscout worked required too much for me personally as we could not afford a separate data plan for a different phone, and didn’t fit us as we needed. So, when the Dexcom Share receiver became available, I eagerly placed my order and waited on it to arrive. I knew with this that my husband would then be able to “Follow” my sugars as I needed him to while he was away for work or if he was working late. I also added my sister and my best friend as followers as well.
Usually, my husband doesn’t need to see the graph that much because he’s with me the majority of the time. I’m glad now, though, that I added my sister on as a follower because more than once she has been my eyes and ears in the middle of the night when neither my husband nor I wake up to the alarms. One was just earlier this week.
My Dexcom had been alarming, and my husband’s phone had been alarming – but neither one of us woke up. We’ve been so exhausted from this week that we were out of it. I was even dreaming at the time that I had already ate to treat it. After a while, seeing that I wasn’t responding on my Dexcom and my sister couldn’t see that I had read the texts, she called me. That finally woke me up to where I could call her back, test and eat. I don’t know what I would have done without her.
With this whacky part of pregnancy, I don’t know what I would do without this safety net we have now built between the three of us. It’s been enough to convince me that I am not going to leave Dexcom anytime soon either. Having the ability to share my numbers – whether through the app or whether through Nightscout’s Share2Bridge so that both my husband and I can see my data on our Pebbles – has been a life saver for sure, and one that I depend on more than anything else. As crazy as I am about all things surrounding Insulin pumps and the like, I’d give up my insulin pumps no questions asked if it came down to making a choice between the two.
I liked Dexcom before, but now – dare I say – I love it.