The other day, a package arrived for me.
See how happy I was?
After charging my receiver and watching the tutorial videos (twice), I was ready to rock and roll.
Inserted my sensor using the handy-dandy instructions. Watching the tutorial videos definitely helped!
I am now, a partial cyborg. I will consider myself a full cyborg once my Ping arrives, but alas, that is another story for another day.
I was very nervous about the first insertion. I thought it would hurt more than changing an infusion site on a pump, but honestly, I didn’t feel it at all. Which made me wonder if I did it wrong. The only challenge was positioning of my hands, which I’m sure will get easier as I get used to the process. Also, my boobs kind of got in the way. May be a little easier to do in front of the mirror.
After the two hour waiting period, I calibrated my new toy. Everything was running great, I was compulsively checking my Dexcom to see what my sugar was doing and was quickly falling in love.
However, after my shower, I received an unwelcome present:
Not the question marks!
Siiiiiigh. As any PWD will tell you, nothing goes as planned! I
impatiently waited the 3 hours for my Dexcom to come back online and give me readings, but alas, it had gone to Dexcom Sensor Heaven – as confirmed by the very nice, very kind Dexcom rep I spoke to. (FYI, they are sending me a new sensor, no questions asked!)
Being that it was 11:00pm at this point, I decided to go to bed. However, I did leave the sensor in with the hopes that maybe, just maybe it would come back to life. Plus, I thought it may be a good idea to get used to sleeping with it. But, I woke up this morning and my receiver was still giving me the ??? attitude, so off the sensor went.
It was a bit easier to insert the sensor the second time around, which reinforces my thought that it will become much less awkward.
After waiting the 2 hours and calibrating, I have been getting readings all day with no errors. I am exercising my OCD tendencies and checking my new toy every few minutes. It is SO COOL to see what my sugar is doing. And, being that I am a nerd, I have tested a few times for comparison.
Of course no day with D is complete with out some sort of fluctuating blood sugar. My Dexcom started vibrating as my coworker and I were getting lunch and it said I was reading “72”. I had just tested myself a few minutes before to give myself my lunch time bolus and was 93, so I’m not sure if I dropped that quickly in the few blocks between the office and the cafe or what. But I felt OK and figured I’d test when I got back to my desk.
By that time my Dexcom was vibrating like crazy and all I could see was the double down arrows.
Came back to the office and sure enough:
Luckily, I wasn’t too terribly low, however I did enjoy the company of a vibrating Dexcom during my lunch break. Although the reading on the Dexcom wasn’t 100% accurate, I was glad for the head’s up.
So that’s my first
day 6 hours with the Dexcom.