Gelled to Perfection.
One thing I didn't pack last week on my vacation was my Dexcom, but I had my reasons. Even though I'm working very hard to lower my A1C in preparation for starting a family and even though diabetes has been a big focus this year, I wanted a VACATION. From just about everything.
So my diabetes moments on the cruise were minimal. I brought my meter everywhere, wore my pump, and had glucose tabs stashed in my bag, but I didn't lament every number or guilt myself silly over every meal. I ate, drank, and was quite merry, thanks.
But when we got back last weekend, the first thing I did was put the Dexcom back on. (Okay, that's a bit of a lie. The very first thing I did was open the apartment door and greet the furry army with a "Hi, buddies!!!" and then I collapsed into bed. But after I woke up? Dexcom sensor slapped on my right thigh.) While I traveled, I had a few high 200's and a nice, ripe 309 mg/dl thanks to some delicious dessert indulgences, so I wanted to get back on track and attempt to find the flatline again.
The people at Dexcom sent me two gel receiver "skins," very similar to the ones that Bernard wrote about ages ago. On the Dexcom website, these suckers go for about $10 apiece. But they are wicked cool. The original case that comes with the receiver is pretty bulky, making the receiver looks much bigger than it actually is. The skins are nice because they offer up some protection and also give the device a more streamlined look.
And since I'm known for my grace (ahem), the skin has protected my receiver from two falls from my desk, a few tumbles from my bedside table, and countless tosses into my work bag. Also, the bright blue case makes it a helluva lot easier to find in the mess that is my purse.
So Dex and I are reunited. And now that I've made another Joslin appointment for July - this time with my full pre-pregnancy team, including my endo, ob/gyn, nutritionist, and teaching nurse - I'm back to focusing hard on my numbers.