(For several reasons, which I will reveal soon, we decided against purchasing and continuing use of the Revel and mySentry. I do feel that our experience provides valuable information, so I will continue to share our experience. These posts are not and have never been an endorsement of these products. Consult your endocrinologist or CDE for options regarding insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.)
The kids and I were spending a lazy Sunday morning together in my bedroom. They were watching episodes of children’s programming like Phineas & Ferb, Word Girl, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates while I began reading The Book of Better.
Even though Q was literally 2 feet away from me, we had plugged the outpost into the outlet in my bedroom earlier in the morning when my husband and I were discussing the CGM graphs and buttons. The mySentry was on my nightstand.
I almost jumped because Q started alarming at the same time that the mySentry started loudly chiming. I glanced over and saw that it was predicting a low blood sugar. Q looked up too and said she was starting to feel low.
The CGM often lagged behind what Q’s blood sugar was. What I found valuable was to look at the context and the trend. For example, if her blood sugar was 100 with two arrows down, I knew she was tanking quickly. A finger stick often revealed that she was already well below 80 mg/dL.
In these photos you can see that the CGM said she was 103 with two arrows down, but the meter on her pump showed that she was 52. (The OneTouch Ultra, which communicates with the Revel, said 65. Either way, she was below 80!)
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In full disclosure, Medtronic provided us with the necessary devices and supplies for this two-month trial at no cost to our family. A prescription was needed from our doctor. Medtronic provided in-home training to us, as they do for all of their customers. They did not ask me to write about the products or trial and I am free to write whatever opinions I have about the experience. I am not being paid by Medtronic.
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