We are going to hit 80 degrees by the end of the week, so I guess it is safe to say that winter is officially over around here. The sudden change in temperature caught me by surprise (not the first time) and I found myself at work today in short-sleeves and with a Dexcom CGM sensor on my arm*.
I actually checked my shirt length in the bathroom mirror before I left for work and decided that since it covered part of the sensor, it would probably not be that noticeable and I would be able to avoid the questions.
If I didn’t want to talk about my diabetes, I probably wouldn’t have a blog, but I still think there is something wrong with starting the conversation by scrunching up your face and asking “What’s that?”
Today’s response techniques included the direct answer (it is a continuous glucose monitor for my diabetes, it measure my blood sugar in the interstitial fluid through a wire under my skin), asking them to guess first (you’re trying to quit smoking?), and finally a bit of sarcasm (I’m a cyborg).
Since the sensor was overdue to be changed anyway, didn’t have any adhesive left, and had already been double-taped with Flexifix, tonight was the perfect time to change to a less obvious location.
Side note: I can’t wait until my first appointment with a new endocrinologist a little over a month away. I am not leaving that office without the completed paperwork for the Dexcom G4!
*Remember this blog is just my personal experience and not medical advice. The only approved location for the Dexcom CGM is the abdomen. YDMV.