I just ran across a question “how often does your healthcare provider talk about technology “. She never does. But I want to start using a freestyle libre, I just read an upgrade is coming out this fall. The person , a friend, also had concerns about an inaccurate low blood sugar readings. I have low vision and have struggled with my recent meter . I see her in August and I am going to ask her what options we have. I have had type two diabetes for 26 years. I take trulicity and Treseba. So I am going to push for a trial to start. I am struggling to use my one touch verio. I can’t read the screen. I am on Medicare from my state retirement. Do you use technology? Does your CDE talk about it. Thanks for the discussion. Nancy50
That’s a great idea, or you could just ask for RX now and give it a try.
The current Libre requires you to scan to see glucose number and trend. I believe Libre 2 will read every 5 minutes, without having to scan, probably adds ability to get alerts more timely and react.
With the every 5 minute readings, its easier to take action sooner to get your BG within range. You also learn more about how food and activity impact your BG.
Why wait till August?
August is when I see my CDE.
Mine always talks about tech and we always discuss what we think my next technology step when this one fails some day.
Do they require new RX to only be provided at in person appts? I send my dr request via email or phone between appts. That’s how I got RX to try out Libre.
I want to actually see one. I have not seen one.
There are many good you tube videos if you want a preview.
I also think you should be checking out all the options out there online. Every CGM has a website and they all go into details about how it works. And of course YouTube has videos of people putting them on and using them day to day.
I think the more info you have the better prepared you will be with any questions. But I think after you do your research, I would email your CDE with what you would like to try and why and see what they say. No reason you can’t get one, whichever one you pick, going now. Good luck with your decision. I do think CGMS can be a game changer for many.
My doctor has told me I would not be covered,as I only take insulin 1x per day. . Nancy50
I would push back on this one! I thought it was a nonissue for people using insulin. Some of these things take a quick kick to get them to cover it. But having doctor support is a must. They have to do all the documentation and reports to make it happen. And if you are having blood sugar problems especially lows, this should be easy. Good luck!