The education lady laughs at me when I tell her I'm only going to wear the CGM once a month.
"A lot of people say that, but then they love it," she says.
I can see why. Yesterday I tested my blood sugar twice. Just twice. Do you know how long it's been since I tested my blood sugar just twice? I don't.
I love the trend chart, the arrows, and the fact that I can more or less have a grip on my blood sugar at any time.
I also love that I might finally get a grip on my carb counting.
"You don't use the bolus wizard?" the education lady asks in confusion as we program my pump.
I lower my voice to a stage whisper, glancing at the other two nurses in the room who are watching and learning along with me--one of whom trained me on carb counting 4 years ago--"because I don't know my carb ratio."
They all laugh. I leave with an appointment card in hand for a refresher course.
I really do like the CGM. I like how it tells me when I am going up or coming down, and how I can stave off a low because of those nifty little double arrows. But I am also finding it disorienting. Part of this is humorous--it's disorienting because I am always checking it and it's hard not to bump into things when fiddling with the pump. But the fact that it's 10-15 minutes behind my actual blood sugar is proving frustrating. I felt my afternoon plummet--heat waves, shakes, and all--long before the double arrows clued me in. And those arrows and the "68" flashing on my screen 20 minutes after I had treated had be second guessing--do I need more juice? Am I still falling?
This, I guess, is just something to get used to. And I am looking forward to it. Merry Christmas to me!