Yesterday, I went to visit the doctor’s office again! Before, I thought that the doctor was talking about getting a whole new insulin pump, and my week-trial would be with a new insulin pump, but it was actually for a new CGM system. CGM is stands for Continuous Glucose Monitoring — basically, it is a small device that goes partially under the skin with a small piece of technology (for lack of a better word) above. The small catheter under the skin takes BG (blood glucose) readings every 5 minutes. Through this, it is more possible to accurately track patterns in BG and prevent problems in either direction. This technology will be especially helpful for me because it will help my doctor see my body’s specific patterns. Also, I can see where by BG is headed: if I get a reading of 105 ^ ^ I would react differently than a reading of 105 > or with an arrow downward. I can catch highs or lows before they happen. This will be wonderful, if I am able to get it covered by insurance. Some people may know that I have already tried something similar to this in the past, but discontinued use—it was NOT user friendly, and that is what my doctor was so adamant about! I have only had it on since 1:00 pm yesterday, but so far I already like it much more than the previous one.
Here is a site that explains more about the CGM I am using specifically.
Even with the positive prospects of this new technology, I find myself a little overwhelmed with all of it. I am still testing and keeping track of everything. I’m not discouraged. But I woke up at 56 (LOW!) then I covered as I usually would and it spiked to 388 ^ ^ (which means still rising) about 1.5 hours later, which literally was “explainable” going off of my actions (low-carb breakfast) alone. It’s days like these that would derail me. I am not, I will not give up!
I need strength today.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (ESV)
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our Salvation.”
Psalm 68:19 (ESV)
After my few hours of fasting last night and this morning, I headed over the the lab, paperwork in hand! When I got there, I realized the whole of Lansdale’s population was also intent on blood work today. Since I work later today at Freddy Hill, (a delightful little farm / dairy store) I decided to not spend all morning in a waiting room, entertained solely by the rhythm of my grumbly stomach. (I would have also been entertained by Pride and Prejudice. I have been reading on the Kindle. But I always get caught up by words like, “thither” and “mischievous” — “felicity”)
I came home to a delicious breakfast and a house that needs cleaning. My NEW plan is to go Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. Honestly, who’s gonna be there at that time? I’m banking on the typical dread of Monday mornings to shorten my wait time a considerable amount! Monday 6:30 a.m. it is!
I am so thankful for the changes that Dr. Jay made to my insulin pump! Historically, a big roadblock for me has been frequent, unpredictable low blood sugar. I get started trying to methodically control diabetes and my blood sugar plummets. In that case, I rummage through the house like a heat-seeking missile in search of any and all sugar! I feel weak, shaky, annoyed, and ultimately, defeated. But, with the changes that were made, I have only had a low once since I saw the doctor, and it was easily remedied by some orange juice with my breakfast. Dr. Jay said that I should be able to not eat and have my blood sugar remain in the right place because of proper pump settings. He said I was getting way too much from my pump before which confuses meal bolusing (how much insulin you take for the amount of carbs you eat). I was concerned about the changes, but I now see why only one of us has a two capital-letter abbreviation after our name. Thanks, Doc!
“The God who made the world and everything in it . . . He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”
Thank you, Father, for life! Teach me to care for it as a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to You.