After the 5k race on Saturday morning I went off for an afternoon with the girls. My mum and sister.
We went to a food expo. Yeah, really, a food expo. Hello, gluten-free diabetic here.
It's not so much the expo I want to write about its my ever-so-lovely CGM. Dear CGM: sometimes I wish you'd go to hell. Thank you. Part of the benefit to wearing one of these things is the freedom from testing so often. I test a lot and get flack from people for it. It is a lot by non PWD standards but not a lot for PWD I think. I average 10 times a day. AVERAGE people. Some days with persistent highs or lows or exercise, I will test up to 12 (maybe more) times a day. Other days I am testing maybe 6 times. It averages out. So we're wandering around the expo and we had just finished getting a sample of ice cream. OH BOY! Ice cream is one of those things I never splurge on so this was a real treat. I looked down at my CGM and saw a 6.6 mmol/l (118 mg/dl) with double arrows down. It had been a number of hours since the race and I USUALLY start going low about that time. I always want to test my BG to make sure the CGM is accurate but often times I have to convince myself to just trust the fucking thing.
I'm sure you know where this is going by now.
I decided to trust the CGM. Lately I haven't been feeling so many lows. Plus I was amidst this huge expo with overwhelming sights and smells all around me. It had been the right amount of hours since my run that I would normally go low. It was the perfect recipe for low'ville. A bit later I saw a 2.6 mmol/l (47 mg/dl) with an arrow still pointing down and I started to panic. I went back for more ice cream (damn right). It was at this point (after I ate the ice cream) that I determined something wasn't right and a meter BG check was in order. 11.0 mmol/l (198 mg/dl) glared back at me. Ah fuckin'ell!!!!
It took me almost 6 straight hours to get the CGM back on track. 6 hours of CAL ERROR, BAD SENSOR and GFYS alarms. I have to keep reminding myself that the benefits far outweigh the bullshit. RIGHT?!
Can I call Medtronic and get a free sensor out of this? If I could do that every time this happened, I would never need to buy sensors again.