Dexcom for Travel.
I spent a lot of time shoving unironed clothes into a suitcase last night, and I also spent a lot of time thinking about how to handle the time change while traveling in Spain. You guys had a lot of great tips that you shared, and I really appreciate everyone's input.
One thing that kept rising to the top as 'priority' was testing, and testing often. Even without a change in time zones, traveling can be stressful, and all that stress can do a freaking number on my blood sugars. I felt very thankful for the stash of test strips at my disposal, and also for the Dexcom. I remember back when glucose meters were brought once or twice a day, so knowing I can monitor my numbers at my discretion is fantastic.
Wearing a CGM isn't the easiest, most convenient thing in the world. It's an extra device, it's a bit of a cumbersome tool, and it's another external symptom of diabetes (much like the pump). But when it's right (and thankfully, the Dex Seven Plus is a huge upgrade from the previous Seven ... plain, I suppose), it guides me in the changes I make when traveling.
Like when the arrows point straight up before the plane takes off? Yeah, that's stress. And even though my meter says 98 mg/dl, I know to keep a close eye on my numbers because they're most likely about to orbit.
Or when the trend is sloping down? That's enough to prompt me to keep snacks close by in case I'm about to have a low.
And when that arrow is pointing straight across, I know I'm holding steady.
... and now I realize, after reading those last few sentences, that the Dexcom is like my Goldilocks. Testing numbers to see if they're "too high" or "too low" or "just right." If this thing starts asking for porridge and complaining about the softness of the pillow at night, I might give it a slap.
But for now, I'm grateful to have this tool along for the ride as Chris and I travel to Spain. The last thing I want getting in the way of this exciting trip is diabetes. I mean, I need to be calm, cool, and mostly collected when I am dining with the staaaaahs. I can just imagine it now ...
Kerri: It's great to meet all of you!
Chris: Yes, we're very happy to be here.
Ryan Reynolds: Um, did something just beep?
Kerri: Noooo, no beeping here. Nope.
I'll be checking in from time to time, but I don't plan on spending any real time online. I'll be on vacation, for crying out loud! I do have some great guest posts coming up next week, so be on the lookout for those. But for now, I'm too distracted to end this post properly. It's sort of trailing off into oblivion ... without any real direction ... and now I'm thinking about raspberry sorbet for some reason ... I should just stop now.
I'm off! Adios!