Yesterday I started feeling sick with a cold. Complete with light-headed feeling and all. I went out to run a few errands. Last time I checked my CGM it was on it's way up with arrows and all. I had a banana for breakfast which usually makes my blood sugar sky-rocket.
Upon arriving home I felt even MORE light headed. It was like I was really high on drugs. I thought at that moment, hmm.. maybe I should check my blood sugar. Since I keep my pump in my cleavage, I won't check the CGM as often since it requires fishing it out of my bra. My blood sugar was at 2.4mmol/l (43mg/dl). I wasn't getting the usual sweaty shaky tunnel vision symptoms I normally get. I simply felt light-headed. So I grabbed a juice box and flopped on the couch. Just as I was sucking back the last little bits from the bottom of the container did I hear the familiar descending tone of my CGM detecting a low blood sugar. I laughed, out loud.
I love the info the CGM provides but the delay can be frustrating. I later saw that the banana did a quick little spike (not as high as it should have gone) and then came down really fast. Had I checked the graph earlier I would have been able to SEE it, but like I said, it didn't occur to me to go fishing in my cleavage. Combine that with my head cold sky high brain and I can see where it all went wrong. But that's just one little incident.
After this mornings low'ish skirt around the low threshold. It was accurate at least but annoying as fuck.
I'm still trying to find a place in my life to justify the CGM. It's such a love/hate relationship. It's not very trustworthy when I'm exercising because of the delay. It's not very trustworthy at any point in the day really. The soul purpose of this thing so far that I've been able to find is being able to watch the trends and learn that pretty much everything I eat fucks my blood sugar violently. It does very little else aside from keeping me awake all night long with it's incessant alarms.
But even after saying that, I do love it. It has been the only tool I've had that has helped to bring down my A1C. The only problem with that is that I simply can NOT afford it 24/7 at $50 a sensor.
Oh the relationship woes.