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!