Toni - prior to Dex I ran around 7.0— i had 2 in a row that were 7.3—then i buckled down, testing 8-9 times a day and hit 6.6—that is when i got the Dex and hit 6.0, and now 6.1— for the 6.6 i was stressing all the time…the 6.0 and 6.1 seem to have come without so much stress… Dex has educated me, mainly with getting better at carb counting, bolusing in an appropriate interval b4 eating meals, and notifies me when i go high—i think the high notification is one of the biggest things, because i no longer run 220 (or more) for hours on end.
I have found that patterns are hard to find with me too…even if i eat the exact same thing everyday and have a starting BS the same…one day i may just run higher or lower than the next— But, I have far fewer lows, and far far far fewer highs.
The first couple months i used it as a test to see what happened when i ate out, ate in, ate rice or pasta, etc. In that time I learned how to use the dual wave/combo bolus, how to better count carbs and that I need to take my insulin 30-40 minutes b4 i eat…(novolog). My brother is also on novolog and his premeal bolus works great at 20 minutes(so dont take the 30-40 as gospel).
All the info can be initially exciting yet overwhelming—i would be surprised if most CGM users dont agree with the initial information overload.
I hope you find the CGM as fantastic as I have…