When Q used both the Medtronic continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and the DexCom 7+ CGM, she needed to have the receiver on her person at all times, with the exception of bedtime. At night we placed it on her nightstand. She carried her CGM receiver at her waist using either a waist pack from Too Sweet Boutique or one by SPIBelt.
But the increased range (up to 50 feet) of the new DexCom G4 means that she doesn’t have to have it on her person at all times. In fact I sometimes carry it, particularly during sports or while she’s at practice for the musical. (See my post yesterday: DexCom G4 Platinum has LONG Range…most of the time)
When she got the G4, she wore it using the case that it came with, which was black faux leather. She liked it well enough, but the clip on it was very difficult to get on and off her waistband. And, really, a girl needs options.
When DexCom came out with the new CGM, Donna at Tallygear got to work making a prototype to carry the G4. She has been selling the Tummietote waist pouches for a long time, but developed this product specifically for G4 users and had some DOC (diabetes online community) members test drive it and provide feedback until she got it just right.
Donna was kind enough to let us select a fabric (no easy task!) and she whipped one up for us.
It has several carrying options, which makes it quite versatile. You slip it into a stretchy pouch and the accessories attach to it. You get a carabiner to attach it to a belt loop or your purse and a lanyard to wear it around your neck. If you wear a belt (Q doesn’t), then you can also slide it onto your belt. You can also order a webbed belt and wristlet.
The case is incredibly easy to use and is holding up really well. I like that you don’t have to remove the receiver to charge it. And it’s very easy to switch between carrying modes. The clear window gives it even more functionality. And it doesn’t look like a medical device. In fact one day at school I heard three different kids say to Q, “You have an iPod?!” when they saw it clipped to her waist.
When Q wears it on the lanyard I always say she’s “Flava Flav D-Style.”
Here’s a video that Sarah of Sugabetic made showing the case:
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Disclosure: TallyGear provided me with a G4 case for review consideration. Monetary compensation was not received for this post and opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure statement.