I have to admit that I have not worn my CGM in too long… and the main reason may sound silly to some of you reading this. But it’s been a frustration to me, so I thought I’d share it.
It boils down to calibration timing. I’ll try to speak in layman terms as much as possible, for those reading this that are not diabetic. 😉
A CGM is a Continuous Glucose Monitor – it is a separate device (sensor) that I insert under my skin that checks my blood sugar every 5 minutes and I can look at my pump screen to see what my numbers are at any time. It also shows it in a graph, so I can see trends, and it also alerts me as to when I’m running too high or too low. Other than the inconvenience of wearing a separate site, it’s a pretty awesome piece of technology.
When I first put on the CGM, I have to wait 20 minutes before it’s digitally connected. Then the two hour “timer” starts to count down to when I can actually calibrate it. To calibrate, I check my blood sugar, and put that number into the pump, and it is calibrated. The “problem” is the timing of the calibration. You have to be at a steady number (excuse me while I lol) and cannot be on your way up, or on the way down. So the best time of day is first thing in the morning when you’re “steady” and haven’t eaten anything for several hours.
But my problem is I wake up every day to babies crying.. So I jump up at whatever time they wake up, and my day has officially begun at that point. And by the time I’ve gotten them fed, and I can sit down, I’m hungry or needing coffee. So pretty much every day I think, “Ok it’s too late to calibrate now because I need breakfast/coffee. So I’ll wait until my 2 hour check and then I’ll put in my pump and calibrate.” I know what I should do is put the sensor in at this point (breakfast) and then calibrate at my 2 hour check, but it seems like something comes up every day and I fail to do that. So then I spend the rest of the day trying to find a good time to put it in .. and it never happens. I have several boxes of expired sensors to prove this 😦
So my question to those of you that wear CGM’s is …. do you have a specific time of day that you always put in your sensor and/or calibrate? I think if I could get in a routine, I could make it work. (Even though I’m laughing at the word “routine” right now … lol)
I am running higher than I’d like most of the day, and I’m going to bed at an ok number but waking up high. So I definitely want to get my CGM back on so I can find out exactly when I’m trending up and adjust my basals accordingly. 🙂