I'm going to purchase more shares. I'm the parent of a type 1... and believe it or not, and as sick as this sounds, I blow a kiss to the receiver every once in a while.. because I love that piece of equipment. Now, I know there are worse things than diabetes, and I feel for the parents whose kids have worse diseases (we go to the Children's Hospital of Philly), but when the news was broke to us, you feel like you are going to collapse. Because of the Dexcom, it's changed my daughter's life. There's nothing she doesn't do.. and it doesn't hold her back.. from hiking, to swimming.. push a button, oh.. she's xxx number angled up/down.. time for a snack or glucose tab..there are so many doctors and nurses that don't know what a CGM is, and in fact, I had to argue with our endocrinologist since I did my homework and on paper the Dex was far superior to the medtronic. He kept on pushing a pump, and in reality, all the pump does is replace the insulin shots (we use a 32g pen), so there's no real advantage if your goal is to have tight control.
Let's put it this way.. my insurance covered a good chunk of the unit and the sensors.. but knowing what I know today, if I had to pay out of pocket (to the tune of 3000+), I'd do it in a heartbeat..
so, if there's anyone who works for dexcom who reads these boards, congrats.. your product is making a difference..
I guess I'm taking the adage that you shouldn't invest in something that you're not familiar with... that being said, our first CGM has been the G4. Our endocrinologist at CHOP tried to talk us out of it, trying to get us on the minimed... anway, the G4 is a life changer. My daughter came down with T1 and before that, in order to maintain tight control, we were pricking her fingers something like 16x a day (she's been honeymooning for close to 2 years now.. using about 1/2 the insulin per Kg of weight).. The G4 is, hands down, the greatest thing I've purchased.. so.. with that, I want to sink in a good chunk of my investing money into DXCM.. However, I 've noticed that a lot of people (doctors) are like "huh ? what is that" when we show them our daughters CGM.. some of the other T1's in her school are on the pump and didn't know anything about the DEX, and yet, we find that a CGM has more to do with better A1C's than what the pump would offer us (ie. we can have her hang in the 70's and 80's at night, and know the DEX will warn us if there's an issue).. basically, I'm a little afraid to invest in DEX, since it seems like many in the profession (pediatricians) and even our endo are like #$%$" is that ? comments ?
Since you're compliance dept. is always checking these boards to make sure no info is getting out from disgruntled emps.
You guys are desperately in need of a visionary. Isn't this what the US is good at ? Innovation ? Why on earth are you hiring people with the same old, tired outlook ??? At this point, the company is dying a slow death. You know it, everyone knows it, and the company hasn't gone anywhere in 10+ years.
Time to clean house and get rid of the "gang" in engineering and marketing, the same gang that couldn't engineer their way out of a paper bag.. you know exactly what I'm talking about.
A few years ago, a manager in NJ gave Chuba a great suggestion. Everyone there thought it was a great idea. Chuba killed it. It was innovative, smart, and there would have been great synergy in the products. Instead, you get the same old same old.
This manager quit about two years ago.
It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out who this person is. Call him.. why to do you have to lose but a 10 minute conversation..
..and Sonus is an indian shop.. and not just in India
Just look at the CTO..
and you expect better installations ?????
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..
(pardon my tears.. haven't laughed that hard in a while)
and if he would have put boots on the ground, you "con" servatives would have been screaming "look, he's getting us involved in another war which we can't afford".
ok.. that makes sense.
You need millisecond response time to make a phone call, to do switching, etc...and you're going to put your data in the cloud..
Good luck with that...
..and I'm the a-hole that got laid off..
That's a fair comment. I won't deny it.. only problem is, there are issues with the NBS.
Here's the M.O.
- Product wants feature 'x','y','z' and they want it yesterday and reduce time to market.
- Engineering manager promises in time 'T'
- Engineering manager (and who here who has worked in a development shop won't acknowledge these truths) pushes their team to deliver it in 'T-1' (because it will make them look good)
- Engineers complain that it's a 1/2 baked when delivered..and that a slew of basic stuff wasn't addressed (not an issue because those items don't generate revenue)
- QA tests product, find bugs that should have been found in unit tests
- Engineering manager did deliver on their promise, however, fixing those 'bugs' is part of a "cleanup" schedule, in the meantime, 1/2 assed product is at customer site for trials.
- QA gets a bogus 'fix' that should have been part of original issue
- Engineer is now swamped not only trying to fix bugs, but coming up with work-arounds for bugs found in the trials.
...and so on..
The new guy hasn't cleaned house..
When Rich was in charge, he got rid of the high $$$ people, but it was those people that built the products.
The back stabbing snakes were left, and now they're hiring their own kind..
Hey Ray.. I know legal reads these boards..
Take a good hard look at your satellite offices and the history...
Also, take a look at who survived and who was shown the door. Simple really..
There are obvious things going on in plain sight.. and tell me.. is it kosher ?
and if not, do you expect to succeed with those types of individuals ?
Prologue Part I
As with any enterprise where humans are involved, there are usually three groups of people. Those who enjoy the work they are doing, those who just want a paycheck, and those who wish to climb the ladder. You can be a cop, fireman, rocket scientist, engineer, etc... it really doesn't matter.
Take the case of a school teacher. There are those who get into the field regardless of the pay, since teaching is in their blood. If you have children, you can tell who these teachers are in your schools, as word usually spreads amongst parents on who these teachers are.
Then there are teachers who do it for the hours. If you are first starting off, there is no questions, it's a tough job, but the slackers are the ones who reuse the same material year after year.
Then there are those whose ambitions are more managerial. They want to become the principal, to work on the school boards, to be able to make decisions, to lead. Rarely the "good" teachers are the ones who make it to this level, as they have no ambition for the position. In effect, those stars in their profession have little to no say on the core direction; in this example, the core curriculum. The same can be said for any enterprise. Though there are exceptions to any rule, the basic rule is this: A lackluster performer can rise through the ranks, regardless of their skills.
As an example of this, recently, workers in a hospital were surveyed to their opinion on sanitizing practices. The survey team bypassed the hospital bureaucracy and went right to the staff. The end result: secondary infection rates fell by 50%. The most glaring example of this pervasive dichotomy manifested itself during the launch of shuttle Challenger. Safety engineer's warnings were overridden by managers with the end result being the loss of 7 astronauts and a blow to the American space program
..how about this.
Instead of saying .. "ooh.. liberal...ooooh socialist.."
how about calling your local representative and say "what the f*ck are you guys thinking about spending all this money"
After all, it's congress that controls the purse strings...
I guess we all forgot how Bush let Lehman fail.
Or the stimulus package
or the bailouts
or the medicare spending
or the tax cuts (less revenue)
or a costly nonsense war in iraq.
What Obama is doing isn't kosher, but to blame him is hypocrisy.