I've been using a constant glucose monitor (CGM) for a few years. I remember when I first started, my life was changed. See, blood sugar is a data point. But with a meter check, you don't know which direction blood sugar is headed. CGM allowed me to get my A1c where it needed to be quickly, because I could catch and treat highs before they got out of control, and treat lows before they got dangerous. It's been so great.
This week, my last transmitter quit working. I will have more coming soon, but for now, I'm off my CGM. It's always been PROS to me, but, during this little break I've realized a couple of surprising CONS…
1. The constant data. Sometimes I obsess over my numbers and where they're headed.
2. Having my numbers always there can distract me from life. Being without for a few days now, I don't know the affect it will have on my A1c because I don't know what's going on between tests. But, I haven't been worrying as much as I thought I'd be.
3. Over-treating. There have been times when I've looked at my CGM data, the direction my blood sugar is heading, and stacked insulin doses trying to make sure I took enough, resulting in lows that I over treat, ending up high again. Without CGM, I've just let it ride and checked on it later after it has had time to play out.
Of course, these CONS don't out-weigh the PROS for me. Pros being, I always know where I'm at, I can take a more active role in treating my diabetes, I have alarms to remind me if I forgot to dose, and I have alarms to notify me before I get in to serious trouble with urgent lows. My CGM has sounded in the night, waking me up to treat low blood sugar. It has actually saved my life on many occasions. Also, the people I share my data with are able to check up on me to make sure I'm safe.
Have you tried CGM? What has your experience been like?
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