Hi, my name is Joe. I was diagnosed in 1999 with a fasting blood sugar of 170. This was before A1c tests. I started an oral medication regimen which of course didn’t work and blood Glucose meter were clunky big devices, etc. It wasn’t until the introduction of Byetta and using Humalog 75/25 in the early 2000s that my numbers and A1c started to come down into normal range.
Fast forward to 2007 and living in Florida, Byetta, Metformin, and Humalog 75/25 were my regimens and my A1c was in the low 6’s. I started having severe hypo events despite adjusting my dosage of Humalog 75/25. The events were so bad that I asked my Endocrinologist to please put me on a CGM. That’s how I started on Dexcom with the G4. My hypo events all but ended. Plus, I was able to get my A1c below 6 to 5.8. While testing my blood sugars, I would wipe my fingers on paper towels which was messy.
Everything was status quo until I started having severe lows again and switched to plain Humalog, Lantus (and later Basaglar) along with Bydureon. So, I asked my current Endo to please put me on a pump. I was able to go on the Omnipod and later the Omnipod Dash. This is a much better glucose control for me with virtually no lows thanks to the current generation of the Dexcom. I was happy with Diabetic Dabs came along, something perfect to wipe my fingers on after testing. They are absorbent and easy to use and then dispose of in a sharps container. So now for my regimen, I used the Omnipod, Dexcom G6, and Metformin. Along with Diabetic Dabs when I test (which I have to say is rare due to the Dexcom G6).
My husband was recently diagnosed as T2 and he does fingersticks twice a day and I introduced him to the Dabs. He thinks they are great also. So, that’s my story! With the Dexcom, I know my time in range is in the 90 percentile range and my A1c’s run the 5 range.