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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Have you heard of Costco's cash plan for Dexcom?

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So everyone is talking about Costco's new program to buy Dexcom supplies for cash price.

Everyone is talking about it. So I have heard you pay a yearly fee and the supplies are cheaper than going through insurance.

I am hearing a reciever is only $36 and a transmitter is only $28

I am hearing different prices for sensors.

Sharing with permission from the original poster off facebook:

There have been so many questions and a lot of confusion about the Dexcom G6 transmitters and receiver being sold very cheaply at Costco that I am putting the info in this one post. 

The prices at Costco are for self-pay, so don't even mention insurance.  And if your insurance co-pay gives these to you for less, it's not worth your time. 

I paid $41.66 for 2 transmitters at Costco, VS $475 directly from Dexcom.  I was quoted $36 for a receiver VS $365 that I paid directly to Dexcom.  There seems to be small variations in price from store to store.

The discount is ONLY on G6 transmitters & receivers, although they give modest discounts on other parts as well.  I was quoted $277 for a box of 3 sensors.

Costco does not "carry" Dexcom.  However, every store can order it.  Many of the pharmacy techs don't know what it is so you need to give them a part number (NDC number) so they can look it up (shown below in green).  If you have a tech who refuses, call again and speak to someone different.  Or ask for a manager.

To get the discounted price, you need to join Costco (membership is $60) AND join Costco's pharmacy program (free).  You will need a prescription as well. 

When you order the transmitters, ask for the CMPP price, otherwise you will pay full price.  If the tech is confused, give her/him the NDC number below for the part you want.

Costco is getting a rebate from Dexcom and passing the savings on to their members.  This is all I know about the program.

NDC numbers to order parts:

Friday, November 9, 2018

How to restart a G6 sensor after your sensor has ended with your phone and x2 pump.

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If you ran out of time to do a restart on your G6 sensor and Tslim X2 pump this is what you need to do.

1. Take your pump off and put it out of blue tooth range, at least 20 feet away (your garage, basement, other side of your house, neighbors house, barn, somewhere far away).

2. Open your Dexcom app on your phone.  Have your sensor code handy if you do not want to have to calibrate your sensor.  If you lost it you will have to calibrate every 12 hours. 

3. Touch new sensor, enter your sensor code (if you have it), then press start sensor.

4. Watch for the blue circle to open on your screen and for the countdown timer to start.

5. After the blue circle countdown starts go to your blue tooth on your phone and SHUT IT OFF and LEAVE IT OFF.

5.  Set a timer somewhere for 2 hours 10 minutes.

6.  Go back into your Dexcom app on your phone and click settings.  Be sure it is reflecting the time you started your sensor in the insertion time field.

7.  Wait about 5 more minutes and then go get your pump and hook back up, DO NOT DO ANYTHING with your pump as far as restarting, just let it hang out saying you need a new sensor.  It should still be showing that you need a new sensor or if its been long enough since your sensor ended (12 hours I believe) the cgm portion of your x2 might have shut off and it went back to the old 3 circle unlock screen and its gone from your pump.  DON'T worry this is fixable! 

8. If you're pump is now reflecting the start up countdown you did not have it out of range and you have now gone into a realm of I have no idea what to do other than do a pump shut down to get it off your pump as it will screw up your restart.  Plug it into the charger and hold the top button until it shuts down, then unplug it and plug it back in. Hold top button until it turns on and then you'll have to either do a real cartridge change or a fake one and waste 10u of insulin.  You have to have enough insulin left to begin with also, I think it 150u remaining or it will make you add more.  DO ALL OF THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK.  I AM NOT A DOCTOR.

9. After your 2 hour and 10 minute alarm has gone off, take your pump off again and put it out of range.  WAIT 10 MORE MINUTES.

10. TURN BLUE TOOTH BACK ON.  Go into your Dexcom App and it should say it is trying to find the signal and that it may take 30 minutes.  It should not take that long.  Then you will see the blue circle pop back up again for the timer.  Timer should go to to 5 minutes remaining.

11.  Then your blood sugars should appear on your phone and it will tell you set up is complete or something to that affect.

12. AFTER BG's are on your phone go get your pump and put it back on your body.

13.  Your pump should join the sensor session on your phone all by itself with no button pressing from you.

14.  IF you had to do the pump shutdown mentioned in step 8 you will go my cgm, start sensor and then do the no code option and then it should sync up to the session on your phone.

I hope this has helped and please feel free to join my group on Facebook dedicated to helping people restart.  You must answer the three questions to gain approval to join the group! Its to keep spammers out!  www.facebook.com/groups/diabeticwarriors 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Another restart failure then success, I think I figured out what went wrong.

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So yesterday I was due to restart at the 6 hour warning mark, but I kept forgetting or putting it off.

Life happens, kids, house chores, kids homework after school etc etc.

So at one of the last warnings I did my restart on my phone only, like I always do.

After my 2 hr 10 min alarm went off for warmup to turn b.t. back on I took my pump off and thought I was out of range.

Phone alarmed that my session was over and I needed a new sensor. It was like I never did the warm up.  I went into my settings and it said no session started.  I was a little ticked.

So I did the restart, AGAIN. Grrrrr.  I do not give up easily. 

My alarm went off.  I took my pump off  put it on another floor and set another timer for 5 mins.

Alarm went off, turned my b.t. back on.  This time it worked and readings came back up on my phone.  I waited 5 more minutes and went and got my pump.

Then my pump picked up on my session and started working perfectly.

So if you are using an x2 tslim with basal iq I highly suggest you get your pump out of range for at least 5 min before you turn b.t. back on your phone.

I think somehow my pumps data told my transmitter conflicting information and reset my restart attempt on my phone. Im not exactly sure, only guessing here. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

My G6 sensor mysteriously ended itself 3 days early

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So today at 8:08 am my sensor for whatever reason said my session ended.  It wasnt due to be changed or restarted for 3 more days.  I have no idea why this happens sometimes. My phone also dumped the info for my last session.  Super wierd.  I guess Ill call dexcom just to let them know.  I restarted it on my phone and then shut off blue tooth.  Left my pump hanging out saying I need a new sensor.  It should work, as it has before.  We shall see.

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