My day started with a Leg / Ab session at the gym. Very short, about 40 minute, as I had some work to take care of quite early on. Afterwards I went to my mums to have breakfast and shower etc. At this point I was really excited because I knew that in a few hours I would be learning how to use my new CGM; less finger pricks and a more accurate reading of my blood sugar. I also felt really positive that it would help me fix my night time blood sugar mishaps – highs, lows – waking up sweating etc.
I arrived at the diabetes clinic at 9:40am with the intention to start at 10am. I was early and in need of some coffee, so I went to the Costa which was shut so I had to quickly run across to Starbucks. I felt like I was cheating on Costa, but I wanted my Americano.
Anyway, when I got back to the diabetes centre 9:50am I was sat in the waiting room wondering who was going to be on the course with me. It turned out to be everyone apart from 1 person. Lol. There was 6 of us in total. 2 males, 4 females (including myself) of mixed ages. Plus 2 nurses and 1 extra male who was the partner of one of the girls.
As I walked into the meeting room I saw that the boxes were all laid out for us. Similar to when I started the course for the pump. We were given a brief talk about how the sensors work with the pump, what the arrows mean and how long you could expect each sensor to last. I was told that they would last for around 1 week, or two weeks at a push. If you already have a Dexcom, is this accurate?
Next, it was time to get connected – Individually, we went into a room with a nurse who helped guide with inserting the sensor. Everyone was given the choice as to where they would put the sensor. I chose to do mine in my arm so she literally had to do it for me because I couldn’t grab my skin and put it in at the same time. I thought it was going to hurt but it didn’t. It was virtually pain free, just a little scratch. It hurt much less that the pump infusion sets.
Not only will this little sensor help me with my night time difficulties, it will also settle my curiosity as a researcher by allowing me to experiment with exercise in more detail; dance, weight lifting, pole dance, yoga, HIIT and walking. I’ll be sharing results on my blog so keep an eye for future posts.
What difference does a continuous glucose monitor make to your life?