Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CGM

For the next four days, I have a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) inserted and taped down into my stomach. This monitor checks my sugars every couple of seconds and stores the data to be analyzed after I take it out. I have had several of these tests before; however, the past few times, the monitor has only picked up blood sugars intermittently (most likely because I'm so thin). Fingers crossed that the meter works this time! I'm not doing any insulin (usually, I do between 0-2 units of insulin in the morning, depending on what I eat and if I go to the gym or not), so the next few days will probably be a bumpy ride. I'm willing to try anything to try and get my blood sugar issues straightened out, though. I was diagnosed with CF related diabetes when I was in late elementary school and have been attempting to figure out my sugars ever since. Because my type of diabetes is different than type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it's quite complicated, and no one really knows the best way to treat it. You see, my pancreas still makes insulin, it's just often delayed in releasing it. My sugars go up really high and then crash really low an hour later. Therefore, I'm not getting any nutrients I ate before the blood sugar spike. I have the most trouble in the morning at breakfast, for whatever reason. I've tried every insulin pill you can image, three different types of insulin shots, and controlling my diet, but my pancreas just likes to go a little goofy. Hopefully, the CGM will give us some concrete data to work with.

On another note, I got an iPhone today!! I'm so excited to begin figuring it out and learning how to use it. I'm paying partially for the data plan each month, and I had to pay for the phone/case. Needless to say, for a woman who likes to save her money, I'm not enjoying doling out the cash right now. It will be worth it in the end, though. :) Welcome to the age of the iPhone!

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