Who Needs An Old CGM Anyway??? Grrr!!!
I Used my Dexcom CGM Feb-Oct of 2010. It gave me some crazy numbers ever now and then, but it was a big help once I learned all the tricks of the trade. It enabled me to see oncoming lows and highs, so I could take care of them before they became much of a problem. My range was narrowed and I was seeing fewer highs and lows than I had ever seen before. My A1c stayed the same, but my standard deviation improved.
Then the bottom fell out of the bucket! New York State reduced their part of the financing of the community college where I had taught by several hundred thousand dollars. My health insurance is with the retired teachers group at the college. The college was forced to go with a cheaper insurance plan for my group. The previous plan payed for my pump, CGM and all the supplies for both. The new plan, an MVP plan with Medicare, will pay for the pump and supplies, but they do nor cover a CGM under any circumstances. I stopped using my CGM in Oct. because of this. I have saved my stash of sensors so I can use them when I most need them, like when I take a vacation, or am dong something that might cause my blood sugar to vary a lot.
That may sound all well and good, but it has backfired a few times. Yesterday I ate a big white sweet potato for lunch, with lots of butter. It was 45 carbs. That and a few hot chicken wings was my meal. Two hours later my test was 201. I have not had a high like that for more than a year. I bolused the proper amount and about two more hours I was dropping. I ate something, and later on I was 49. That would not have happened if I had my CGM. I did not see the high and the low soon enough. I ate only half a sweet potato today and exercised after lunch. That worked well.
In mid December I started working out at a local gym. I am using many machines to exercise my weak body muscles. One of the most likely side effects of long term diabetes is nerve damage, which causes weakened muscles. That and my being 71 has resulted in a lot of weakness, especially in my upper body. These machines at the gym are really helping!!! I am getting stronger after six weeks there. My cute little trainer is watching me, so I won’t overdo it. I gave her a signed copy of my book and she loves it.Lol!
The problem at the gym is that I keep increasing the number of machines, the number of repetitions, the amount of weight and the length of time I am there. My BG has dropped fast on some days and I cannot predict when that will happen. Without my Dexcom I don’t always catch the low soon enough, so I have to find a seat and eat glucose and wait, and maybe go home early. Not having my Dexcom on an everyday basis is not a good thing while I am doing this exercising, because it keeps changing every week.
Having to quit my CGM is very annoying, but I will survive. I did it before I had a CGM, and I can do it again. I was very spoiled by having one though.