Continuous glucose monitors are expensive to purchase and maintain, with costs approximating around $900 for the device and $40 for the individual sensors. Insurance coverage for this technology is tough to wrangle, even though there have been a few break-throughs in the last month or so.
Bottom line: This stuff is expensive.
I have a box of MiniLink sensors in my fridge that I am able to trial at no cost to me, and I have access to several Minimed representatives that have been very helpful in getting me rolling. I owe it to myself to give this thing another try, aiming to be more levelheaded and patient as I adjust to this technology.
Other Bottom Line: I'm a fool not to take advantage of every opportunity I am given.
Therefore, after a weekend home in Rhode Island spending time with friends and family and generally chilling out, I came back to work today feeling calm, collected, and not ready to give up. I'm not the giving-up type.
This afternoon, during my lunch break and at a level of low stress, I installed another MiniLink sensor. I'm going to try this again.
Admittedly, I have a short fuse. Things piss me off pretty quickly and are often thrown as a result. I'm a little ashamed of my hot temper and I have trouble controlling it sometimes. So when the CGM was pinging away, beeping and hollering and throwing inaccurate results, my fuse was lit and my temper flared. My numbers weren't steady as a result and I ended up contributing to the problem.
I was frustrated with this thing. Chris and I talked about it, weighing pros and cons and figuring out ways to integrate this device into my already busy agenda. Wearing a CGM may not be the best decision for me at this point in my life, but I need to give this a solid and fair trial. Instead of letting myself fly off the handle because the results aren't completely accurate or the device isn't completely comfortable, I need to just take what I can from this experience.
I'm going to wear this sensor and see what I can learn from it. I'm not expecting precision. I won't let it replace my blood sugar tests or dictate my insulin doses. I'll simply wear the damn thing and see what happens. I'll download the numbers from my pump and see what kinds of trends I can isolate from the data. And I'll continue to give you guys an honest assessment of how I feel about this technology.
Either way, I am very lucky to have access to this kind of device and this kind of outlet for discussion. I need to make the most of it and hopefully learn something about it.
In the process, I'm hoping to learn a little about me, too.