Dexcom G6 Unboxing, Setup, & Insertion (with Videos)
Hello everyone! I was one of the lucky people who received the early shipments of the Dexcom G6 sensor. This new sensor is being touted as one of the best on the market. If it's anything like its predecessors it'll be the most accurate continuous glucose monitor (CGM) on the market, with some additional features for those looking for CGM perfection. Some of the new features the Dexcom G6 boasts are: No fingerstick calibrations (we'll discuss this) 10-day sensor session (we'll also discuss this) Easy-to-use senor (the video shows this the best) Smaller transmitter (video) Urgent Low Soon alert (we'll discuss this) In this post, we'll discuss a number of topics to give you a firsthand insight into the new CGM from Dexcom. As always, please leave questions and comments below. But, first, let's take a look inside the box with the first shipment that arrived at my doorstep. :) What's in the Box? My shipment arrived last Thursday around 4:00 overnighted from their headquarters in San Diego, CA. The shipment actually consisted of 2 packages. 1 package for the Transmitter and Receiver, and another for the 3 boxes of sensors (with 3 senors in each). Sensor Box The Dexcom G6 sensor boxes are actually a bit smaller than the Dexcom G5 boxes. Though, unlike the Dexcom G5 sensor box which shipped 4 sensors, my Dexcom G5 sensor box only include 3. I'm assuming that Dexcom has different configurations for customers, but my bet is that boxes will only contain 3, or 1 sensors (those used for replacements). This makes sense, though. Each box of sensors is meant to hold a 1 month supply. Since the Dexcom G6 sensors are good for 10 days, then 3 would be sufficient for the entire month. The senors themselves are very different. Dexcom has designed their sensors to be easily applied, without any problems resulting in personal variance in insertion. In order to do this, the sensor is flattened on the Dexcom sensor applicator; which is a spaceship-looking, bulky piece of plastic, with a little orange button and safety lever. The sensors also contain a 4-digit code on them that is to be used upon start-up in order to