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From Abby: Dexy Pictures.

Abby's been rocking the Dexcom for the last three months, and she's fully immersed in both the data mining and the photographing of said data mining.  Here's her "PWD photojournalist" take on Dexcom'ing and documenting. (Also, welcome back, Abby!  We missed you while you were at camp!)
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I’ve had my Dexcom for almost three months now. While most of the time I hardly pay attention to it, sometimes I like to make a big deal out of certain graphs. I also had a habit of showing the really good and really bad graphs to people at camp this summer, and sometimes they took pictures of them. (Diabetes camp is a special kind of place, where we celebrate Dexcom graphs … it’s awesome.)

Anywho, here are a few of my favorites:


This was the closest I’ve come to a no-hitter and needed to show EVERYONE at a Tuesday dance at Camp Joslin. Normal. (Please ignore the gross shininess of my camp self.)


Then there was the time we went hiking and the combination of a 15g protein bar and a 75% temp basal kept me at a wonderful 140-150 mg/dL range the entire time.


I call this one "Dyslexy-Dexy," when I put a new Dexy sensor in and it was entirely confused about everything. My meter showed 117 mg/dL when this picture was taken.


This one is epic. I corrected after totally bombing a guess on pizza and ice cream (it was the day after I left camp, leave me alone) and then my correction factor worked BEAUTIFULLY overnight. Take that, beta cells. I don’t need you at all (unless you want to work again in which case I take it back and I totally need you).


This one is my absolute favorite. We got a cake at camp when all the nurses had passed their boards (I was the last one to take the exam, of course) and my bg was holding steadily under 100 from the time the cake arrived to the time we could eat it. I had to document this, obviously.

Sometimes diabetes plays fair. Sometimes it doesn’t. I like to keep these pictures to remind myself that no matter what I do, this stupid disease has a life of its own.  I’m also convinced it decides when it wants to play along and when it needs more attention, but that's a rant for another day.
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All this talk about photos is making me feel veeeeery guilty about not keeping my Diabetes 365 feed up to date.  I need to get on that. :)  Are you a diabetes paparazzier?  Do you like to keep visual tabs on your diabetes bits and pieces?

Comments

I'll have to ask my son if he recalls seeing you flashing your dex at the dance. LOL (he mostly hid during the dance so that no 10 or 11 year old girls bothered him).

I'd say 1 out of every 3 pictures on my phone are of my Dexcom or glucose meter. Cause that's normal...

I'm 170 days into D365 (thanks to one of your earlier posts which recommended it) and am amazed and grateful for the community that has grown on there. We share ideas, problems and successes. And snapping a shot of something D-related every day is far easier than I would have imagined...

I have total DexCom envy ...

I find taking pics of our Dex totally irresistable. I have a zillion. Of course, most of the pics are of 100 going straight etc. It's really addictive.

My son is age 26 and has type 1 diabetes since the age of 18 months. He still gets very upset Re. coping with his blood glucose levels as they have always been difficult to manage.

Is this new dexcom useful compared to other blood glucose monitors? as I am looking for new gadgets to lift his spirit a little.

This is a genuine question and I would appreciate user feedback.

My family is new to diabetes. Our son is 8 and we are 2 weeks into the adventure. This blog helps me so much. You gals are such bright sparks in my life.

I'm also in D365 thanks to one of your earlier posts about it. I joined partly as a personal challenge because I don't think I'm a very visual person (and I had hardly used my digital camera, purchased years ago, before I joined). And partially I joined out of needing space to vent a bit more about the ups and downs of my dlife due to changes in my d-regimen this winter: namely, I started seeing what my numbers are *actually* like with a Dexcom (yes, pictures of Dexcom graphs are frequent) and started on Symlin.

Love these!

To Ann- I've had my Dexcom for about 2 years now and it has changed my life. I am what doctors used to call a brittle diabetic (do they even say that anymore? I havent heard it recently) and have always had screwy, frustrating-as-Hell numbers. My endo mentioned CGM to me one day and after I did some research, I discovered that the Dexcom Seven did a lot better in almost all the categories, so I went with that one. Within 2 months of starting CGM, my A1C went from 8.2 to 7.0. No kidding. I've always been anxious about BG levels after meals, and the Dex really helped with that.
I can't imagine CGM ever being a bad idea for anyone, though after talking to a few D-men, a few of them say they don't like the idea of carrying something else around all the time.
I've had nothing but good experiences with Dex and CGM in general. The accuracy blows my mind sometimes.
Good luck!

@Ann Waters: Your son could definitely benefit from wearing a CGMS unit. Many people recommend the Dexcom. I happen to have a MiniMed CGM system that communicates with my pump. One of the first things you need to know is whether or not he would object having something under his skin 24 hours a day, and then (MOST important) whether his insurance will pay for a CGM system. They are very expensive. There is a lag time between the number one reads on the screen, and one's actual blood glucose at the time (per a finger stick test.) You might like to visit the Yahoo! CGMS group (especially if you are having trouble getting his insurance company to pay for the devices.)

Congrats Abby on your Nursing License! And...loved seeing you at the Wiffle Ball Tournament. I am always amazed by your poise and grace. Good things are in your future for sure..despite diabetes...and perhaps, in part, because of it. Love ya girl!

Ann, I started using the Dexcom (my first CGM) a couple of months ago. As you probably know, it is often not totally accurate -- even accounting for the lag time btw its reading and actual finger-stick numbers. BUT, I really appreciate that it has saved me many times from extreme highs and extreme lows. I definitely feel safer when I go to sleep at night. Its alarm has woken me up several times before the dreaded low-bg symptoms really set in. Right after I started using it, I was able to adjust my overnight basal settings to have a more "even" night. The Dexcom is not perfect, but it is a helpful tool in managing my T1.

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