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Re: [IPp] CGMS

yes, and it doesn't communicate with the MM pump...
Isn't the Navigator by Abbott, not Medtronic?  

Mom of  Chris, 25, Carrie, 21, Dan, 17 dx 01 pumping
cozmo 03, aunt and guardian of  Mike, 21, wife of Jim

--- "Shelby L. Brock" <email @ redacted> wrote:

> I  had a rep from Medtronic come over my house
> yesterday to show me  the
> Navigator.  I have used the Dexcom twice as a
> one-week  trial each time
> from the hospital.  I was really impressed with  the
> Navigator.  We have
> an Animas pump so it doesn't  communicate with that
> but if you have a
> minimed pump, it  will.  (Something to think about
> when upgrade time
>  comes.)  These are the main features I liked about
> the  Navigator:
> 1.  It has directional arrows to let you  know
> whether they are going up
> or down.  If one arrow is on  the screen, it means
> they've gone down 20
> pts in 20  minutes.  If there are two arrows, it
> means they've gone  down
> 40 pts in 20 mins.  This is really helpful to us b/c
>  our son's numbers
> fluctuate like crazy!
> 2.  I can  calibrate it with any meter.  The Dexcom
> has to calibrated
>  with the OneTouch meter only and I really like my
> Freestyle Lite  better.
> 3.  Someone mentioned the Dexcom was smaller, but  I
> thought the
> Navigator was much smaller than the Dexcom I had.  
> Lighter for him to
> carry around.  A friend of ours puts  both her
> daughter's pump and the
> receiver in her pump  pak.
> 4.  Sensors are cheaper than Dexcom's ($35 each  v.
> $60 each).
> 5.  I thought the screen is easier  to read than
> Dexcom plus it goes up
> to a 24-hr graph where  Dexcom only goes up to a 9 hr
> graph.
> 6.  If the  receiver is out of range from the sensor,
> it will store 40
> mins  worth of data.  As soon as the sensor is near
> the receiver,  the
> receiver will pick up all the data.  We had lots of
>  times the Dexcom
> just lost data.
> So based on all of  this, I am going to see what our
> insurance will cover
> for the  Navigator.  It seems like a great choice. 
> When I had the  loaner
> CGMS, it gave me peace of mind at night (I had one
> alarm  when he was
> going low).  I tend to feel more comfortable being  a
> bit more aggressive
> since I have a backup to help catch  lows.  Our main
> purpose in getting
> it though is that our  son's numbers change so
> quickly and we need more
> information to  make changes to his pump.  Our endo
> also said he was a
> good  candidate for the sensors and it would help us
> get his numbers
>  under control.
> Shelby Brock
> Mom to Chandler (9), Peyton  (4, dx 9/05) and Sydney
> (3)
>  .

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