Review: 7 day Dexcom continuous glucose monitor trial

7 days with the Dexcom condensed into a 15 second video.

Read about Day 1 with the Dexcom here Knowledge= freedom. This past week I made several discoveries, the most major being that in between midnight and 4 a.m., my blood glucose levels go LL Cool J on me. Dawn phenomenon= blood glucose spikes at the end of the night. After 4 a.m. things go back to “normal” and I wake up around 6-8 mmol/l (108-144 mg/dl). The rest of the nights brought similar results, although not as drastic. I would have NEVER KNOWN about this without a CGM.  How long has this been going on? Will I feel better when I eliminate night-time spikes? Is it finally long-lasting insulin time? Is my pump shopping going to become a reality soon? The week-long trial has sparked a lot of questions. I’m going to my endo armed with all the data I’ve collected. For the week I managed to get in running, yoga, NTC fit workouts and ballet. I couldn’t bring myself to try swimming as my goggles got stolen a few weeks ago and I wouldn’t be able to swim knowing someone could snag Dex.

My workout lows dramatically decreased and I believe that’s because I could see when I was heading south and could correct before things got bad. Whether it was thrift shopping, studying or eating out, Dex and I were inseparable.

And with the pretty graph as proof, I confirmed that brown rice sushi is heaven-sent. Check out Shawn Shepheard and I’s sweet bg’s post-Japanese chow down. Exact same #’s too!     Have to admit I was sad to lose Dex on Sunday. But I’m so grateful. So grateful for the trial. So grateful for the knowledge I gained during the week. Now it’s time to meet with my health team and find out what’s best. J © t1dactiveliving.com All rights reserved.

Trying my first continuous glucose monitor (CGM) this weekend! Come to me Dexcom!

On Sunday I will be hooked up to my very first continuous glucose monitor (CGM), the Dexcom by Animas.

As the time winds down, I’m starting to get antsy. I just want it on me already! My one week trial has come at the perfect time. I’ll be heading into week 2 of my half-marathon training. Here’s what the week will look like running-wise:

 

It will be interesting to see my bg’s during my short and long runs. Will it help me prevent lows? How will it feel on? So many unknowns.

You better believe I’ll be putting it to the test for every activity I love.

And although I’ll still be testing with my meter, it will be nice to see my levels on a screen all the time, all day…

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for a week! Full report later.

Happy weekend all,

Jessie