I started talking with my doctor last fall about getting a CGM and due to my insurance deductible, I decided to wait until the new year. So this month, I took the plunge. My new Dexcom g5 arrived on Thursday. I read the Getting Started Guide and watched YouTube videos (over & over) until I was comfortable with inserting the sensor (into my abdomen). I was so excited to get started. I had read on this site, and many others, how having a CGM was life-changing. I was hopeful that my poor little fingers were going to get a much needed break from 6-8 finger sticks per day and that knowing my numbers every 5 minutes would give me the necessary information to go about my day confidently.
Day One: I calibrated twice after the 2-hour start up period. My numbers on my CGM were off by 30-40 all afternoon. So I calibrated a few more times. Then I read somewhere that “over calibrating” can cause problems with the monitor and two times a day should be sufficient. I ended up sticking my finger just as many times yesterday as I did before I was hooked up to my CGM.
Day Two (today): I calibrated once in the morning. Numbers have been off every time I’ve checked 30-50. Now I am sticking my finger to make sure my CGM is working correctly. This is counterproductive and not what I was hoping for. I’ve also read that the numbers on the CGM will be delayed from the numbers on my Meter. I’m thinking this is defeating the purpose of my getting this device.
I am really wanting this to work for me and wondering if there is something I am doing wrong or if my expectations are too high. Any expert advice would be greatly appreciated.