In July I posted a very nice example of the latter, when I stupidly ignored the Dexcom warning that my blood sugar was dropping, tanked into the 40's, and rebounded.
This morning, I woke up to a high threshold alert (> 140 mg/dL) at about 4:30 am. I fell back asleep (whoops), but I woke up again about an hour later and the receiver showed my blood glucose a little over 200 mg/dL.
The Dexcom Seven manual says never to correct for high or low blood glucose without a confirmatory finger stick. Most people with half a brain* will, over time, learn when they do and don't need the finger stick. I know that when my sugar is trending up, I can usually correct for a high blood sugar based only on the Dexcom reading. So I corrected, my sugar came down, and I didn't hang out for hours with excessive glucose in my blood. Hurray for Comrade Dex. Anyway, I just thought I'd post this so you can see what the Dexcom Seven does for people who wake up high. It is helping me catch nighttime lows, and it is helping me realize right away when I need to ratchet up my early a.m. basal rates.
*This footnote is to acknowledge that some Dexcom users, with whole and functioning brains, will find that they do need finger sticks to confirm every Dexcom reading before making a correction.