The biggest statement I have for today and I want to shout it, so I will do so via CAPS.
CGM IS GOING TO SAVE MY LIFE.
And I mean, that sounds like a big exaggeration like, "this cake is going to save my life.."well I guess that could also be a true statement. But seriously, CGM is going to save my life and prevent a whole lot of complications that people with diabetes are constantly reminded of. You know, the leg, the eyes, the...list goes on.
CGM for those that do not know, is a continuous glucose monitor. Basically I am going to copy and paste what Medtronic has to say because I'm an English Major and stopped doing science in Grade 10.
"CGM is a way to measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night. A tiny electrode called a glucose sensor is inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels in tissue fluid. It is connected to a transmitter that sends the information via wireless radio frequency to a monitoring and display device." Found on Medtronicdiabetes.com
Itt is basically checking my blood sugar throughout the entire day and letting me know what is going on with my body. Because, if you really think about it, if you check your blood sugar the recommended four times a day (this is what is required by the Ontario government for pump coverage). If you're checking those four times, you're only getting a snapshot of a total of four seconds of your diabetes day. If you were 10 in the morning, 6 at lunch, 14 in the middle of the afternoon and 9 before bed, how do you know you're not missing undetected highs etc. You really don't!
The past couple weeks I have been working my butt off (literally) at the gym every single day, and trying to eat healthy. Doing so, I have reduced significantly the highs that I had been having. Noticeable changes include my eye sight which is amazing, clear and my eyes are not bothered as much as well as my energy levels. I have been attempting low carb meals and have been pretty creative via Pinterest in trying new recipes or making up my own.
I put the sensor (for the CGM) on yesterday and I am in love. Honestly, in love. I have worn sensors before for example, during my climb up Kilimanjaro. However, I am reminded of the benefits that any glucose monitoring can have for a person with diabetes (not to mention their parents or caregivers) Being a Nanny to a type 1 diabetic who was a glucose monitor - I can also state that it is extremely helpful.
Either way I am feeling good about my diabetesright now and my overall health and success in finding a routine and balance in my life. Of course not all the pieces of the puzzle have come together, but who has their whole puzzle finished at twenty-four anyways.
Now to find the money to continue using them.... hmmm.