The last weekend in October will be my first overnight camping trip with diabetes.
I’ve been working with my endocrinologist who wants me to get on a insulin pump and CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) System. I tried out the Dexcom 4 Platinum and found out that I can’t base my dosing of insulin off the CGM. The Medtronic CGM (which is integrated into their pump) bases dosage off the CGM readings.
On Monday I put the sensor and CGM system to work in the afternoon. The CGM sensor fell out after 5 days. The CGM readings finally became accurate the latter part of Thursday and the sensor fell out on Friday at 5:45pm.
So I had a day and a half of good numbers from the CGM out of the 5 days it was in. I CAN’T base my insulin dosing off the Dexcom and it fell out before the 7 days due to my sweating.
I’m thinking I will have to do the same thing I did when I wanted to run a marathon. Multiple testings and playing with the snack amounts till I get it right. Good thing we aren’t going until 2017!!! I will probably need all that time to get this figured out.
Also the cost of the CGM and Pump is around $2400 with my insurance. That’s $2400 that I could use for supplies and other things so. My endocrinologist will probably get upset with me but I see NO benefit to backpacking the AT with a CGM and Insulin Pump.