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I'm in the same boat regarding the longing for one of these new CGM systems, but I'm stuck on not knowing which to choose. I'm currently doing a trial with Minimed's CGMS Gold, where you're hooked up with a honkin' big device that you can't detach from and you can't see any of the data (oh, that will come in like two weeks or something (almost useless) like that).

So you're going with the Dexcom or the Minimed CGMS?

And you're right, we all deserve a little vacation from our diabetes. The 1-2 hours at a time that I somehow manage not to be thinking about my diabetes, just really isn't enough.

But I like you're takin' it in stride attitude. Good luck on re-aligning your insulin-to-stress-level ratio. And hopefully you can stay at this new, less stressful level for sometime...

I spoke with my doctor today and he's recommending waiting to do the next generation of the minimed system you're trying since I'm on the minimed pump. He's thinking that in the next 6 months things will be farther along in the "iterative" process with minimed. My hit yesterday on the dexcom was so-so. The actual sensor thingy was a fine size but I was not grooving on carrying around the monitor (which was the size of a tv remote) on my person too. Also, it can't be more than 5 feet away from you at anytime or else it doesn't capture the blood glucose data in the trending charts. And apparently after an "extended" period of time away from you, it starts to beep loudly. In addition to all the hardware, you have to calibrate it every 12 hours with the one touch meter (and ONLY the one touch meter) using a cord between the 2 devices since it's not wireless. And also, you have to charge the meter every couple of days like a phone. It's a lot of cords and gadgets and calibration. Maybe my vacation attitude is getting in the way, but I think I'm going to take my doctor's advice and wait for round two on the minimed one.

And yes, I appreciate the goal of maintaining less stressful levels. Why is that so hard? I guess the first step is knowing what it feels like and then using that as a guide. Thanks for the good luck wishes!

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