Moments of Wonderful

…rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Moments of Wonderful - …rather than a lifetime of nothing special. A diabetes blog.

Not the police

(This post was much longer before the computer ate it. Now I don’t want to type out the whole story again, so you get the shortened version.)

I was having dinner with some friends last week while I was waiting for DexCom to finish approving my request. We were eating in a cafeteria so I jokingly mentioned how I was bolusing for food that I was going to gather later. That turned into the typical discussion of what would happen if bolused for food I didn’t eat or the opposite – if I ate food that I did not bolus for. You know that this is the type of conversation that usually brings out the diabetes police – they never showed.
Towards the end of the conversation, one of the leaders from my trip to Haiti returned to the table. She was actually the one that was helping me (encouraging me forcing me to take a break) during the most difficult diabetes management day in Haiti. I had started to talk about what a CGMS does and how it would help in more difficult eating scenarios, and so she caught the tail end of the explanation. Her response was the opposite of what you would expect from the potential diabetes police. Her immediate response –

Thank goodness. That will be so great for you.

I love being a part of the community of other diabetics that support each other on a daily hourly basis, and I am so thankful and blessed that I have a great community of non-diabetics in my life that are so supportive as well.
*****
The DexCom finally arrived today.
DexCom 7+

 

I started it up the first moment possible. I am loving it already! It has been accurate from the first calibration and I can’t stop looking at the graph. I am so thankful that it looks like my insurance has finally covered it (it is still pending) and that I am in a place where I could financially cover the difference. This is going to be such a positive change in my life with diabetes.
my first graph
Category: advocacy, Dexcom, friends
  • Kim says:

    Dexcom is wonderful, isn’t it? Though I may have my frustrations with the technology at times, it’s truly been a life-changing thing for me to have. My A1C has dropped almost 2 full points in the 9 months I’ve been using the CGM. Amazing. I hope it can do great things for you as well! 🙂

    September 16, 2010 at 8:52 am
  • Bernard Farrell says:

    Sara, you do know that means you’ll have to get Wil’s book. 🙂

    I’m thrilled for you that were finally able to get one of these, it will make a big difference in your ability to better control BGs. Have fun!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:20 am
  • Chris says:

    Welcome to the Revolution 🙂

    September 16, 2010 at 11:48 am
  • Sara says:

    Night 1 was tough. I was hovering around a low all night so the CGM kept alarming. I guess it is good information to have, but I would have rather had a solid night’s sleep.

    Day 2 has been interesting. My lowish carb breakfast hit the CGM almost right away and I topped out at 202 (from 120 something), but it has been almost a straight line since I had Chick-fil-A for lunch (about an hour ago).

    I am happily on info overload! 🙂

    September 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm
  • George says:

    Congrats!!! I am so happy for you!!

    September 18, 2010 at 2:07 am
  • Rachel says:

    Glad you got the darn thing approved 🙂

    September 18, 2010 at 8:32 am
  • hisham says:

    that is very nice good work

    September 18, 2010 at 9:38 am
  • David Edelman says:

    I think we should publicize more graphs of blood sugars. I think people with type 1 get how wacky blood sugars are, but a lot of people with type 2 think that they have a number and that’s about it. An educator was telling me about a patient who said: “My blood sugar was 132 last week.” Yeah, maybe for 30 seconds. 🙂

    September 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm
  • sisiay says:

    i definitely found that the biggest shock w/ CGM were the post-prandials during the first two hours after eating. Since I almost always would only fingerstick after 2 hours, I never realized how high you can go during that time, and still come back into range and think that everything’s OK. That in itself led to many big changes.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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