Okay, I'll confess. I have a mad crush on my Continuous Glucose Monitor. I wear it 24/7 and I love it.
I usually wear each sensor for six or seven days. As long as it's giving me good readings, I'll leave it in. While we were on the cruise, I must have had a Super Sensor because that puppy lasted twelve days!! I did recharge the transmitter half way through, but it was great to have it giving accurate readings during my entire vacation.
Yesterday I noticed my sensor felt pretty itchy. I was only on Day Four. It usually doesn't bother me at all, even towards the end of its run, so I thought it was kind of odd. I took a look at the site.
Yikes!! There was a red outline on my skin. I've never seen anything like that before. And I'll admit I started to panic. So I sent out a Tweet with a picture and asked what I should do. Unfortunately, it was at the time of day when Twitter has a lull, so I didn't get any advice back. It was time to weigh the pros and cons on my own.
I thought about how I hate to waste a sensor because they are so expensive. I thought about how this one hadn't been giving the best readings. Sometimes it was spot on, but sometimes it was way off. And then, I thought about how I could be risking an infection. I did one last finger-stick. My meter read 119, the CGM read 68.
And then I yanked it. Even if it had been reading correctly, I probably would have taken it off. As much as I love it, wearing it isn't worth risking an infection. I've decided to go without it until Sunday. Maybe my skin needs a break. Also, I'm going to a pool party tomorrow. The research I did on the MiniMed Web-site says the transmitter is waterproof and safe for swimming at a depth of 8 feet for up to 30 minutes. But I think I'll just let it stay safely tucked in my dresser drawer while I swim tomorrow.
I'll admit I do keep checking my pump to see where the CGM says I'm at. I miss having that information just a button push away. Sunday can't get here fast enough.