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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hello, Old Friend . . . .

** I’m not calling today’s post a “Wordless Wednesday” or even an “Almost Wordless Wednesday” because I blabber too much! **

HelloOldFriend
I know, I woke up low.  No worries, my coffee will boost me right back up!

Yesterday I inserted a fresh CGM sensor and started it up . . . . . and it felt like such a relief!  You see, I had been without my CGM for over a week.  Somehow I had lost track of how many sensors I had left until I inserted my last one right before I left for Friends for Life.  I could’ve ordered a new box right away, to be delivered while I was away, but that seemed like a really bad idea.  It was blazing hot out, and I knew the box of sensors could easily sit on my porch in 90+ temps and beating sun for hours until my parents came in the evening to collect the mail and feed the cat.  So I decided to wait until I got home to order a new box of sensors.

I lived with diabetes for 30 years before starting on a CGM.   So I was unprepared for how odd it would feel to go just one week without it.  It wasn’t all bad - I tested a lot more often and I learned to listen to my body more.  But it’s still a relief to have my blood sugar graph on my hip and hear the alarms blaring to alert me to lows I don’t feel.

Hello, old friend, good to have you back.  How did I manage all those years without you?  I sure will keep better track of your supplies from now on!

11 comments:

  1. I'm not on a CGM yet (although I'd like to get there), but one thing I noticed is that when people were tweeting their day(s) with diabetes, it seemed like all the CGM folks were *constantly* mucking with food and insulin to chase their CGM graph around. I can't help but to think, sometimes, that the comparative ignorance of life without a CGM is far less stressful.

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  2. Isn't it crazy to feel so ... weird without a sensor after living so long without?! I have the same feeling whenever I don't have one in!

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  3. Welcome back, peace of mind...

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  4. we are hoping Bean's shipment arrives soon, or we'll be without that lovely graph very soon.....and openly admit that I am a graph and arrow addict!!

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  5. I have most of my d-stuff shipped to my office. Could you have it sent to Pete's office?

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  6. I know the feeling. I used to not pack spare sensors with me on vacation because I didn't really NEED them. But when the one I was wearing died prematurely and I had nothing else, I felt awkward and vulnerable.

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  7. i really wish that i had a CGM, but alas, here in Canada, only Medtronic has that option, and i'm wear a PING =( don't get me wrong, i love my PING but i cannot wait until the Dexcom is approved for use in Canada

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  8. I did not wear my Dexcom for a week while I was on vacation waterskiing and the like and after the first night, I didn't really miss it too much. I might have if I woke up from a nightmare or something, but luckily, that didn't happen. Still, I can understand the feeling of reunion with the thing ... I felt that way, too!

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  9. I lost my Dex 7+ receiver 2 wks before I could upgrade. I went mental. Seriously. I was paranoid to sleep without it and kept waking myself up. I got a loaner on day 2.5 of my 7+'s "escape to freedom" tour and couldn't have been more relieved. I believe I would have calmed down by day 3 but hopefully I'll never need to know. Glad you're back on track! xo

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  10. Ah I definitely know how you feel! I went 18 years without a CGM and now I've been using 1 a year and I feel lost without it for even a day! What is your low alert set at!? It looks like it's at 50??? I completely freak out if mines under 70 haha.

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  11. I lived with T1 diabetes for 35 years before getting my pump, and I have the same pump/CGM as you have. I just found your blog tonight, and think it's excellent. If you have any advice about wearing the Revel pump/CGM in dresses, let me know, please. I wear my sensor/transmitter in the upper buttocks, need to have pump on same side of body as sensor, and need constant access to pump. I usually end up wearing a pump case on my pants or skirt. I miss dresses!

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