Yesterday was all about The Ugly. I showed the big bruise from my CGM sensor and complained about the ugliness. But I don't want to give anyone the wrong idea, so today is about The Good. I love having my CGM. On the rare occasion that I don't have it on, I feel lost. Yes, I still test just as often, if not more. Yes, sometimes the numbers it reports are a bit off. But usually they are within 10 - 15 points of my finger stick. And it has helped me catch more highs and lows than I can count!!
Just the other day, I answered some questions Cherise posted as she debates whether a CGM is right for her. Here's what she asked, and what I answered.
1. What CGM do you have? Minimed because I have a Minimed pump and like to have everything on one gadget.
2. How long have you had it? Almost 10 months.
3. Does the insertion hurt? Often, yes, it hurts when the needle goes in and comes out. Sometimes it even stays sore for 5 or 10 minutes. Sometimes it doesn't hurt at all, although that is rare. That said, it doesn't ever hurt badly enough to make me not want to use it.
4. How long can you wear your sensor? Usually 6 - 10 days. Sometimes as many as 12. Once in a while, they only last 4 days.
5. The one thing you love about the CGM? It alerts me to highs so I can correct them sooner. It alerts me to lows that I hadn't been feeling. I've been known to go into the 30s before I even felt low, and that was scary. I also feel so much safer sleeping at night with it on.
6. What is the one thing you hate the most? I have to admit, I hate the big needles. I know I said it doesn't hurt THAT bad and it doesn't. But the big needle is scary and makes me nervous every time. Then I insert it and I'm usually thinking "that wasn't so bad, why do I let it psych me out every time?".
7. What feature do you wish your CGM had? Well, I love that the screen shows arrows up or down if my blood sugar is spiking or dropping rapidly. But I'll only see them if I LOOK at the screen. I wish there was a little alarm to alert me to the rapid changes if I don't happen to be looking at the screen. Otherwise I likely won't know I'm spiking or dropping until my high or low alarm beeps.
8. Have you seen any overall improvement? Yes!! At my last endo appointment in July, my A1C was 6.1 - which is the lowest I've EVER been!!
9. At what point in your life did you decide "I need to get a CGM?" Once I got myself comfortable with the idea of a pump and loved having one, I felt ready for a CGM pretty quickly. Especially when I started having lows in the 30s and high 20s that I barely felt. However, I believe only you will know when the time is right for you!!
Do you have a question I didn't cover? Submit it in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer it!