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Dexcom Warrior: Day Three.

Oodles going on today.  Here's the rundown:

Dexcom:  Dexcom and I had a very nice day yesterday.  My sugars held surprisingly steady (surprising because I tend to ping all over the place) ALL DAY LONG.  I didn't pop out of range once during the workday.  I'm potentially chalking this up to techno-joy at the moment, though, because my A1c plummeted the months after I started pumping, and then once I fell back into old habits, it rose a bit.  But there is something very reassuring about looking at the graphs and seeing good results.  Positive reinforcement.  Makes me want to remain steady.  Oh, and Siah left it the hell Dexcom works out hard, too.alone, so overall it was a good day.

Dexcom at the Gym:  I screwed this one up myself.  Just before I headed off to work out, I was trending heavily towards a low.  (The screen read 130 ... 110 ... 82 ... 70 ...) and I tested on my meter to confirm:  72 mg/dl.  So I took a long swig of juice and had two pieces of cheese before I trotted off to the gym.  Once I was on the treadmill, I had hit 280 mg/dl on my meter, 342 mg/dl on Dexcom.  Must have over-chugged the juice.  I ran instead of walking and watched the Dexcom trend me down back to 260 mg/dl.  My meter showed me at 212 mg/dl.  Close enough.  Weight training dropped me even further, back into range at 198 mg/dl for Dexcom and 167 mg/dl for meter.  The rest of the night held steady.  I'll try again at the gym tonight and see if I can keep from cresting.

Dexcom Caught a Low:  It worked!  At about 2 am, the Dexcom started freaking out and buzzing from the bedside table.  I woke up and it hollered "LOW - 62 mg/dl."  My meter confirmed me at 58 mg/dl.  Uncapped the juice, drank my 8 sips, and fell back asleep.  Woke up at 122 mg/dl on the Dex, 111 mg/dl on the meter.  Solid.

Dexcom Pisses Me Off:  It's not all dreamy and fabulous, believe me.  This sensor is pretty damn big and it constantly catches on the waistband of my pants.  Next time I Dexcom, I'm putting the sensor on my thigh.  And to be perfectly honest, it's not very sexy.  Sporting an infusion set for the pump and a sensor on my abdomen doesn't make me feel pretty.  Of course blood sugar control is sexy because being healthy is sexy, but I'm not sure how I feel about deciding to wear this more than for a trial.  I wish these things were smaller and less intrusive.  I also DESPISE the shower patches, as they adhere to my skin like they were fused on at birth and ripping them off makes me curse (once again) like Yosemite Sam. 

It's all about whether or not the benefits of wearing this gizmo outweigh the cons.  Oh, and since this Dexcom was a "free gift" from the Diabetes Fairy, I haven't had to mangle with insurance companies or coverage factors yet.   Do you need a script to order new sensors from Dexcom?  I'm in the dark on the insurance angle.

And Chris comes home from CA early-early Sunday morning.  Hooray!

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So, warrior woman, do you feel like you're winning the war? Sounds like everything, Dexcom has good and bad points. I'm gadget crazy, till I see that scary insertion device. OW!!! I don't know how you guys with pumps do it! By the way, I checked out the Twitter site and it is really awesome. That seems like it come totally addictive.

I'm glad Chris is coming home. Being away for a while, makes the time together a little more special.

Amazing what a little(or a bunch) of exercise can do.
I think the thigh site is a keen idea. I can say, the fleshy bits of my stomach find sharps very unwelcome.

That cartoon character on the treadmill isn't wearing pants lol :p

I bet it was kind of cool seeing your numbers gradually decrease while you were working out. Gives you a nice time frame in a way of how long you can run etc. before going low, instead of just guessing about it.

Hope you have a good weekend Kerri!

The sensor may not make you feel pretty, but sensor or no sensor, that nice flat stomach of yours makes me think that Chris is a very fortunate guy in every respect.

Oh, and the numbers you mention? They make the Minimed CGMS look like a wonder of accuracy; I always thought the Dexcom was supposedly _more_ accurate than the Minimed?

Cheers,
Felix.

Chloe - I feel like I'm at least running alongside the enemy and we're yelling effective taunts at one another. ;)

Scott - I'm hoping the thigh site works well, but I sometimes have trouble finding a good patch for an infusion set, so who knows! It's all trial and error for me at this point.

Alison - It's true: Dexcom never wears any pants. It's almost embarrassing. ;)

Felix - (Blushing.) Chris is quite a guy to keep up with, so I do my best.

And the numbers I mentioned were so out of range because I was so out of range. When my blood sugars are tight, the numbers are off by one 10 points or so.

Maybe because I'm older, but being safe and healthy is better than looking good.

It probably even turns some guys on.

But the real reason I posted. I'm finding the shower covers unnecessary, even for the hot tub. YMMV.

Kerri, I totally agree w/ you on the sensor + infusion set...I really WAS starting to feel like a cyborg with all of that gadgetry attached to and/or sticking out of me! Sounds like your experience w/ Dex is very similar to mine. Overall, nifty tool...just not sure if I loved it!

Sexy be damned, I'd rather stay conscious and lucid. No more glucagon or unexplained/unexpected highs/lows since Dexcom. I wouldn't trade it for anything. The biggest problem I am having is keeping the damn thing working after a workout.

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