Testing my blood sugar 2016 times this week. Once every 5 minutes.

By Richknowbody Latest Reply 2011-08-02 22:43:03 -0500
Started 2011-07-28 20:50:19 -0500

Fedex delivered the Dexcom kit today.

I just inserted the sensor in my stomach. You have to push the sensor in, it doesn't inject like a lancet, but it wasn't bad.
I have to wait two hours now and then I calibrate it, using my normal one touch.

After that it will test my blood sugars once every 5 minutes for 7 days. 288 times a day.
Should be interesting. Can't wait to see the graphs. Always wondered how my blood was at 4 in the morning.

16 replies

Richknowbody 2011-07-29 09:56:52 -0500 Report

Kinda of neat observing the new meter every 5 minutes to see the effect of my bread. Started at 120 and over the last hour with out a shot of insulin it raised to 149. I use peanut butter on the bread and it quenches my hunger for hours.

I can't wait until others know the value of this bread recipe for diabetics.

Because of its high fiber content, it actually reduces the effect of carbs on your blood sugar from other foods.

vonweidhaas 2011-07-29 09:37:10 -0500 Report

well that is nifty, beats finger sticking!!! LOL@# of testing you sound like me.My fingers are raw now so I test AM fast and after meals unless I feel weird

jayabee52 2011-07-30 18:41:10 -0500 Report

as I understand it, he does have to stick his fingers once a day to check the calibration of the unit. But agreed! It is better than poking fingers 3 or 4 x/day!

GabbyPA 2011-07-29 09:24:03 -0500 Report

That is very neat. Does it do that to get an idea of how your body works? Does it keep doing that past the 7 days? That would be the truest picture of what is going on inside.

Richknowbody 2011-07-29 09:44:57 -0500 Report

After 7 days I have to remove the sensor that is in my stomach and replace it with a new one. But I will be doing it from now on.
Very interesting looking at the graph after the first 12 hours.
I know I am going to learn a lot, that I would not have known otherwise.
I still have to finger stick to calibrate the new machine on a daily basis.
I understand Europe has released the "integrated" system where this new meter will communicate to your insulin pump and dose you. This is the closest thing to a true pancreas.

GabbyPA 2011-07-30 08:04:25 -0500 Report

I think that this is one of the best devices that they have come up with in a long time. So many who are on a pump or CGM have reported such a freedom. You are the first one who has noted the information that it is going to tell you about the foods that you eat. Very cool.

JoshSoccer4 2011-07-28 20:58:09 -0500 Report

Always wanted to try that! Lately I have been going to bed between 100-125 and waking up over 250! Very aggravating since my parents and I get up in the middle of the night, and I'm still in the 100's, then I wake up way high. This would be very beneficial for me. Diabetes can just be so confusing :P. Good luck with your results!

ShellyLargent 2011-07-29 15:07:39 -0500 Report

I do the same thing. I have dawn effect or phenomenon. It could be the same thing for you as well. I try not to eat any carbs or very little (no more than 15) at bedtime, and I wake up at 2AM to test and inject insulin if needed to bring my numbers down. If you have an insulin pump, you can adjust the basal rate to account for this instead (still waiting for insurance approval for mine).

JoshSoccer4 2011-08-02 22:41:07 -0500 Report

The weird thing is, I'm a very active person, soccer 5 nights a week, and I hardly ever eat before going to bed. I think the reason might be I sleep in so late! Hopefully everything straightens out when school comes! Thanks for the replies everyone!

jayabee52 2011-07-29 19:19:46 -0500 Report

Others have eaten a slow digesting carb (graham crackers) with a slower digesting protein, like peanut butter if your bedtime reading is below 130. It raises the BG slowly and maintains it through the night. If you don't drop low, your liver should not dump and raise your BG too high.

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