Dexcom Seven: The Warrior Returns.
I made the mistake of saying the following to Chris the other morning:
"You know, I haven't had a low in like two weeks!"
The next morning, the alarm went off and my eyes slowly opened, as though there were weights attached to each lash. Brushing my hand against my forehead to wipe off the sweat, I reached for my meter and loaded in a strip. For some reason, the lancet wasn't pricking my finger. Shunk. Shunk. Shunk. Chris stirred beside me.
"It won't bleed." Said as though the blood wasn't mine, the finger someone else's.
Finally, a ruby red spot leapt up from my fingertip. Five seconds later, 48 mg/dl winked at me from the meter. I drained the small bottle of juice on my bedside table and snuggled back underneath the comforter, waiting for my body to catch up.
I had two more lows that day, one that left me shaking at my desk at work and another that had me stumbling on the treadmill at the gym. The next day, I hit a sticky high of 409 mg/dl after a site change, the sweaters knitting up in my mouth and lethargy wrapped around every movement.
So when the Dexcom Seven arrived at my office, courtesy of the reps out in California, I didn't think twice about suiting up for another round as the Dexcom Warrior. I installed my first Seven sensor on Sunday night.
I know what you're thinking: "You had a rough experience with the MiniLink - why are you doing this again?"
Why? Because I found the Dexcom to be a superior CGM product. Minimed makes my pump and therefore has my appreciation, but their CGM unit is sub-par. Aside from the flopping sensors and the painful insertions, the darn thing just wasn't right. I know CGMs aren't supposed to be a substitution for manual blood glucose testing, but I had little confidence in even the trends offered by the MiniLink - and I was very frustrated by the errors that were cropping up.
The Dexcom, however, had a more reliable trending ratio and the actual results correlated tighter with my meter. I'm not thrilled about using a second device (the receiver being its own entire hub device), but if I'm going to make use of a CGM on occasion, I want things to be as "right" as possible. Like right now: Dex says I'm 146 mg/dl. Meter says I'm 137 mg/dl. It also says I'm on the rise, which is true - I was 92 mg/dl an hour ago.
So I'm spending this week with the Dexcom Seven, making it part of my work day, my workouts, and my wedding stress. With wedding planning coming to a wild and all-consuming crescendo, I'm hoping Dex can help me stay more tightly controlled. Because, between you and I (and the entire internet), I'm having trouble keeping my numbers steady these days. Diabetes is rearing its head and I, for one, am not feeling very armed for battle. Hopefully I can sharpen my Dexcom skills and have it as my secret weapon.