Friday night Meg and I had a long-planned date night. For Christmas she got me tickets to see Mike Birbiglia perform at the Merriam Theater in Philly. We had dinner. We had drinks. We saw the show. We laughed, a lot. We went home. And then my blood sugar did some unprecedented things, that really, really sucked.
In the immortal words of The Smiths, I’m here to wish you an unhappy birthday. Some 31 years ago today, I was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to learn that my pancreas was no longer operational, changing my life forever.
I’ve had some problems with my Medtronic Enlite sensor. This morning’s experience, though, takes the cake.
The worst way to feel about my diabetes treatment, I’ve learned over the years, is relaxed. I can never, ever assume that the way I treated my sugars will be effective next year, next month, next week, or maybe even tomorrow.
This weekend I got to experience the real benefits of CGM usage, as well as one of its challenges.
I’m about a month into using my Enlite continuous glucose monitor (CGM) from Medtronic. I had some initial difficulties in getting the CGM operational (along with other difficulties, like it lying to me and preventing me from getting a good night’s sleep).
Friday, though, is got to experience why this piece of equipment is all I’d hoped it would be. Then it was a little bit of a pain.
My pump and I got off to a rocky start. Part if it was my fault. We started our relationship at probably the worst time of the year, the week of Thanksgiving. Lots of parties, lots of carbs, lots of eating. It’s a period of overindulgence, and it doesn’t help a transition to a new device where knowing precisely how many carbs I’m eating is of vital importance. This isn’t something that I’ve always done, so I had a pretty steep learning curve.
However, I feel like, with each day, I’m getting a little better at managing and controlling my diabetes with my pump. Here are some of my opinions about my new devices.
Pump usage continues, and it’s been going really, really well. Except for the fact that, as of right now, I’m still unable to use the continuous glucose monitoring aspect of my device. Why, you ask? How could it be that, after a full four weeks of ownership, I still haven’t been able to use the biggest component that convinced me this is the device for me?
It seems I’ve been felled by a 5 cent piece of plastic.