Dexcom G4: Finally, a Case.
When Donna from Tallygear reached out a few weeks ago and offered to send one of her Dexcom G4 cases for me to try out, I was all about it because I almost drop the receiver onto the tile bathroom floor, the hardwoods in the living room, the icy driveway, and the concrete sidewalks going into the gym at least once a day ... for all of these surfaces. I'm not very graceful, and when you add gloves to the mix (necessary in this arctic weather that my daughter accurately described as "a snowman's breath"), I'll fumble even my most precious of possessions. (Note: Birdy holds hands with me and walks on her own. She's safe.)
The Dexcom G4 system is more accurate than the previous iteration, but it's definitely not sturdier. Or at least I'm afraid to find out just how delicate the receiver is. The old system was a big, fat egg and its round edges (and convenient silicone protector) made it seem more like a softball than an iPod. But this new receiver - sleeker and sexier and far more the modern day device - also seems more breakable. The big screen, the flat edges, the lack of a protective case. (Okay, the new receiver does have a protective case, but it's about as bulky as smuggling a fistful of those Keurig coffee cup things underneath your shirt. Not streamlined in the slightest, and also, I don't wear a utility belt during the course of my day job so clipping it to something is a pipe dream.)
Which is why I was excited to try the Tallygear case for the G4. I was using this:
... and it worked fine only it was bigger than it needed to be and I couldn't see the Dexcom graph unless I took the receiver out of the pouch. Now I'm using these:
... and it's a nice, tight fit around the receiver, gives it a bit of extra cushion in case it falls (or if I happen to throw it if it BEEEEEP!s to tell me I'm high in the middle of the night and then tells me again, every fifteen minutes, for good measure), and I can see the graph through the plastic window screen (and I can also press the button through that screen). While I'm still longing for the silicone case that wrapped tightly around my old Dexcom egg receiver, this Tallygear case is an excellent interim.
The little clippy things that I can use to clip the case to the inside of my purse, to my belt loop, around my wrist, etc. are also very useful. It also has a loop on the back of the case if you want to toss this thing onto your utility belt, Batman.
You can purchase this on the Tallygear website for $18.95, and there are a ton of different color options. You don't have to be as boring as me and go for basic black (I'm calling it "Darth") or purple (Grape Ape?). The bright yellow is pretty badass. And if you use the "DexG4" coupon code, you'll get 10% off your order.
[Disclosure: I received this case for free, I didn't promise to write a review, but I decided to anyway because I have been itching to find a G4 case that I like, and this is a good start. So I wanted to share. I need to protect that receiver from my klutziness.]