An Exercise in Jotted Thoughts, by Kerri Morrone:
I am on day five of the sensor (placed it last Friday into my arm) and it seems that the longer I wear this, the more accurate the results become. Last night, I tested with my OneTouch and saw 132 mg/dl. My CGM said 130 mg/dl. I'll take that. I just want accurate results.
The thing is, this sensor stung a bit going in. The site itself is slightly reddish and a little sore to the touch. I know I should change the site today, but I'm reluctant to because I don't want to wait the 24 hours for decent results again. I spoke with another Minimed Rep last night and she told me that the first 24 hours tend to be a little dodgy for everyone. It's a difficult decision, making the leap from "trialing" to "purchasing." Every time it buzzes when I'm high or low, it's hard to think about taking it off. But every time it buzzes because it's bored or lonely (or whatever the hell it's buzzing about), it's hard to think about not feeding it to the cats.
I'm still on the fence as to its place in my diabetes life. But for now, I'm trying to learn from this experience.
I was working out last night at the gym and during my run, watched my numbers hold steady for about 15 minutes, then make a sharp turn towards hypoglycemia. Testing to confirm and then taking a quick swig of juice, I finished my cardio workout at 108 mg/dl. Watching workout trends helps me better determine when I should hit the ol' juice bottle and when I need to watch out for falling sugars.
Also during my workout, while wearing a sports bra and a tank top on the treadmill, I noticed a woman staring at the exposed sensor on my arm. It made me feel self-conscious for a minute, then oddly empowered. Go ahead and stare, lady. See if you can find it next week, when I put the transmitter somewhere else.
One thing I'm definitely picking up on, like I did with the Dexcom, is that my numbers cruise around when I'm not counting carbs with precision. I know this sounds like diabetic common sense, but when I bit into that sharon fruit this morning, I didn't bolus for the actual carbs, but I dosed instead for the estimated carbohydrate content. Apparently, this sharon fruit had more than 18g of carbohydrate in it - more like 22g - and my numbers after consuming were in the 190 mg/dl range. Lather, rinse, repeat. If I want a tight A1c, I need to buckle down and pay attention to all the details, both delicious and detrimental.
It's been a week of serious diabetes stuff, with tangled emotions and blood sugars alike.
Good thing I had a little Siah Sausage to wake up to this morning, her small nose pressed against my cheek and her paws on my face, the sound of her purring like a jet engine in my bedroom. It felt strange to wake up laughing. Damn cat.