Thursday, July 07, 2011
I had my training class today for my Continuous Glucose Monitoring System! I was able to insert the sensor successfully on the first try too! I learned a lot about the sensor, how it will communicate with my insulin pump. I was a little intimidated by the size of the needle, but honestly it hurts more to test my blood sugar than to insert the sensor. (The needle comes out after insertion of the sensor by the way) I could hardly wait to get my first readings as it takes about 2 hours to "wet" the sensor completely with interstitial fluid.
My trainer and I timed it perfectly! We started the training with a snack to make sure my blood sugar reading would be in the normal range when I made my first calibration, then continued with the class. It took about an hour and a half to go over all the bells and whistles. By the time I got home at 5:30, I prepared dinner and it was time to do my first calibration before my dinner. So easy! Since my glucose meter "talks" to my pump, my blood sugar is automatically entered in to my insulin pump's display. My pump display then asks me if I want to calibrate the sensor. After saying yes, I enter my carbs I plan to eat and the pump suggests a bolus amount. (For those of you who are not diabetic or use insulin, a bolus is the amount of insulin given in ratio to the carbs to be consumed) Once that is done, it time to eat!
It was fascinating to be able to see my sugar rise and fall on my pump display during and after a meal! This will be a wonderful tool to be able to get tighter control on my blood sugar and avoid the lows and highs that can be so damaging to your body. I can already tell that my basal (background insulin that is delivered by pump) rates will have to be adjusted to deliver less insulin per hour!
After dinner, my DH and I took a 20 minute walk and my sensor was alarming when my glucose readings started to fall to fast. At the time of this writing I am still 86 so not to low but I know that I will have to have a snack later to avoid a night time low.
This technology holds the key to helping me become a better diabetic patient and more vigilant with my glucose readings. Avoiding complications is the name of the game and with this new tool I feel confident that I can live a better life with diabetes without having to constantly worry what my blood sugar is. It won't replace the old fashioned finger sticks, but it will work in conjunction with them to have better control.
I know that a lot of this blog is technical in nature, but I want people to know that there is hope for diabetics to live a perfectly full and healthy life!
If you are a diabetic and would like to learn more about diabetes, please don't be shy about asking me questions. I am NOT a diabetes educator and have never claimed to be, but I am a Certified Medical Assistant who LIVES with the disease everyday and education will hold the key to a healthier you!
I am so stoked!
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Walking in the Sarasota area is awesome! My husband and I usually do the beach walk every weekend but today we decided to walk the John Ringling Causeway Walkway. We drive across it every time we head to the beach. The views are spectacular and the sea breeze feels awesome. Didn't seem that long or hard of a walk until we got started! I didn't take into account the pitch of the bridge! The uphill portions of the bridge are a great workout for the legs!
We got a late start to the day thanks to my staying up way too late and sleeping in until 9 a.m. Blood sugar was only 65 mg/dl. Still running to low in the a.m. So we had a nice late breakfast. Wasn't hungry at 1 p.m. and skipped lunch. BAD IDEA! I took my blood sugar, still at 88. That's o.k. So in my mind, I'm thinking, exercise would be o.k.
It only takes 15 minutes to get to Hart's Landing parking lot where we started off across the bridge to Bird Key. Stayed hydrated throughout the walk since it was around 90 degrees. When we got to the little park on Bird Key, I decided to take my blood sugar again just because I had been 88 before the walk. It was 62! We had only walked 20 minutes! I hate having to snack to raise my blood sugar, but this was one time I am glad that I packed some orange juice! I would have never made it back across the bridge if I hadn't.
I checked again once we got back to the car and it was 72. Still not where it should be but since it had been another 20 minutes since the orange juice, I decided that I should eat a granola bar. Again, I hate eating a snack to regulate my blood sugar! I calculated that I burned 165 calories on my 2.7K walk but had to subtract almost half of it because of the snacks.
The moral of the story? Don't skip your meals! Especially if you are a diabetic. Glad I prepared for the worst, because it could have happened today.
Everyone enjoy the holiday weekend and stay safe in the hot weather!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Hooray! Just before dinner, I got a call from MedTronic Minimed. My newly upgraded insulin pump will arrive tomorrow and I was approved for the continuous glucose monitoring system.
I have had problems here recently with my blood sugar going to low. My doctor told me at my last visit, he considers me to be a brittle diabetic. I snack when I have to, but don't like to. I have been having to have a snack before bed time so I won't wake up too low. This morning my BS was 68. Too low.
With my continuous glucose monitoring system, my sensor will check my blood sugar every few second and will warn me if I am headed for a high blood sugar or low blood sugar. I hate the feeling of being too low, just as bad as feeling too high. Maybe with this new gadget, I will never have to feel that way again!
Thank God for modern science and the amazing things that diabetics like me can use to control it. I don't want to be another amputee statistic!
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