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[IP] DexCom system accuracy and Paradigm RT alerts



I have a ton of questions for people using the CGMS systems out there.

For those using the DexCom, how close are the readings compared to the One 
Touch Ultra at high low and normal readings?  How do the readings compare 
when your BG is moving fast?  What kind of alerts does it have and how loud 
are they (will they wake the dead for nighttime, and is there a vibrate 
feature for the day)?  How big is the sensor/transmitter portion (length, 
width and depth, measured by yourself with a ruler--not what the company 
says)?  How long does the transmitter battery last (how long before you need 
to replace it with continuous use)?  Do you need to cover the 
sensor/transmitter with a shower patch to get wet?  Can you swim with it?  
How irritating is the adhesive?  Can you use other meters to calibrate it, 
or is it only the Ultra (and can you use the Ultra 2 or the UltraSmart)?  Is 
the sensor set metal (can you remove the sensor and reinsert it in another 
part of the body if you do need to remove it to swim or whatever)?

For those using the Paradigm RT, how loud are the alerts and is there a 
vibrate feature?  Do you need to cover the sensor with a shower patch to get 
wet and can you swim?  How irritating is the adhesive?  Is the sensor set 
metal and reinsertable?

For both, where in the body can you insert and get good BG readings (arms, 
legs, stomach, butt, hips, etc)?

Thanks a bunch!

Sarah, dx'92, pumping'00
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