(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.)
Q had been having a little diabetes burnout, so I asked if she wanted to take a short break from her CGM, the only non-essential item in our arsenal, for a few days. I was going out of town for a few days, ironically to Medtronic headquarters, and figured the break would mean one less thing for my husband and parents to deal with while I was gone.
Her break actually started a couple of days before I left. That afternoon after school she announced, “I think I feel low.”
She looked down and said “Oh, I forgot I’m not wearing it (her CGM).”
In just a few weeks of using the CGM I have come to appreciate the information that the CGM provides us. It’s not so much the number that is displayed on the screen, but if there are arrows, and if there are, is there one or two and what direction are they pointing.
The next night at bedtime she was 111. But was she steady or dropping? I looked to my nightstand as I watched TV in bed and was disappointed to see the blank screen on the mySentry.
I’ve learned that I need to listen to Q when it comes to diabetes. Sometimes I have to push things, like trying out a new piece of technology to see if it will be helpful to us in her care. But sometimes I need to take a step back and ease up if she is feeling too much pressure. It’s not an option to not have her insulin pump because she needs insulin, but some days when it was time for a sensor insertion and she didn’t want to do it, I let her put it off for a day.
Medtronic Diabetes Advocate Forum: The Event (I talk about perceived pain versus real pain.)
All posts about continuous glucose monitors
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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