When someone says, “check,” my first thought is about checking my sugar. I check it (what feels like) a hundred times a day because I am constantly looking at my CGM – continuous glucose monitor. Before I got my Dexcom Seven+. and then the G4, I would prick my finger 10-20 times per day, depending on how wacky my sugars were making me feel, I checked it before and after every single piece of food or sip of drink I would put in my mouth, and I checked it randomly in the middle of the night, especially if I woke up sweating. It was a pain – literally as well as metaphorically.
Nowadays, I don’t do nearly as many finger-sticks. I rely a LOT on what numbers my CGM is showing me throughout the day, all day, everyday. I still do finger-sticks to calibrate it, but that equals maybe 4-5 per day on average – a significant improvement.
This picture shows the teeny tiny piece of wire(?) that gets inserted under my skin and essentially is the “sensing” part of the CGM sensor. People always ask me, “Does it hurt to inject that under your skin?” Well, yes, sometimes it does. A little bit of a sting. And occasionally a vampire-looking bleeder. But that sensor lasts me for many, many days, and saves me from the 10-20 finger-sticks per day that I would have had to do before. I’ll take the “little sting” every so often, as well as the MUCH needed data and trends of how my blood sugars are behaving, thank you very much!
(Diabetes Awareness Month Photo-a-Day guide located at www.sixuntilme.com)