Why I Wanted a CGM.
I'm often asked about why I chose the Dexcom CGM over the Minimed, and I have plenty of posts here on SUM that talk about my experiences with the two devices:
And then fighting for insurance:
And after I had won insurance approval, Dexcom and I joined forces:
Phew! But part of even starting this process was wanting to go on a CGM to begin with. I'm often asked about the different continuos glucose devices and pros and cons of each, I get just as many questions as simple as this: "What made you ready to go on a CGM in the first place?"
I know that for going from injections to pump therapy, I was frustrated with the lows that were happening three times a week, and how my ex-boyfriend was constantly finding me motionless in the bed at 4 am, covered with sweat. After 17 years of injections and after two years of an A1C that wouldn't budge, I made the decision to use an insulin pump.
After deciding to wear one medical device, it was easier to try another one. A few years of pumping made me feel comfortable with the 24/7 attachment of a diabetes device, so when the continuous glucose monitors became more prevalent on the scene, my interest was piqued. At the time, I was in a serious relationship, thinking about having children in the future, and realizing how my blood sugars still weren't running better, despite my increased education and effort. It was time to try something a bit different.
With a CGM of any kind, there's a certain security that comes with it. I feel more confident speaking at events when I can look at the graph on my CGM and see that I'm holding steady. Same for getting in the car for long drives, or on a plane for a few hours. After twenty plus years of only having snapshots of what my numbers were like, I now have access to the streaming video, so to speak, of continuous monitoring.
Yes, there's also the "Hey, you're a robot" component to this. I can't lie. When I look at my body and I see all these things stuck to me, in addition to the red dots of diabetes devices past, I feel a little overwhelmed. But it's part of living with this disease. (Most of the time, I'm able to shake off the robot feeling and just let Chris call me Rosie. Whoops - there's the digression.) I actually feel okay with wearing two medical devices. It's sometimes cumbersome and inconvenient, but for me, the pros outweight any cons. I hear a lot of bad news about diabetes, about how this many years with type 1 can really cause a landslide of issues, about how life can be compromised. And I don't want that.
Regardless of what happens in my future, I want to make every effort to be as healthy as I can, both mentally and physically. And I'm ready to keep trying. That's why I blog. That's why I raise awareness. That's why I pump.
And that's why I wanted a CGM.