I really hate this device, the CGM. But after the paramedic visit last Sunday and my emotional, hence diabetic, reactions to the death of a dear friend, I am going back to the CGM tomorrow.
I cannot tell you how hard the decision to return to using a CGM has been. I worry so much about how its "beeping and buzzing" affects my husband's health. I am actually afraid to return; I have felt so much better without it, even with the problems.
Oh well, it is what it is. Thanks, Mike.
If you start out thinking "I really hate this device", how do you expect it to help ? With positive thinking, maybe this time will work out better. If not, you can easily stop again.
Which CGMS do you have ?
Why not start out with no alarms on, or just a low alert at 60. If your previous experience with beeps and buzzes were due to false alarms, then see if there are ways you can get it more accurate. If you have MM CGMS, the accuracy can be very dependent on calibrations. Took me about 6 months to learn the tricks to get MM CGMS to calibrate well. But now I have Dexcom.
I have been on the minimed CGM for 3 years and stopped a few months back. I am a pretty experienced user.
Truthfully, it is just the hassle of the whole thing that bugs me. It also makes me OCD about my glucose levels. I might try the no alram sugeestion, except for low. I really like that one. Thanks!
I want you to L-O-V-E your CGM. L-O-V-E its communication.
BUT in the evening before bedtime figure out what's going to keep those numbers from going ANYWHERE.
What is it that makes it beep?
Figure out what you ate that's going to run high.
Figure out what you over-gave that's going to run low and do a correction.
A tiny correction.
Now set it at the lowest alarm it works at.
Don't set any high alarms. Those are only for when you're awake and in a noisy crowd.
I will try really hard to L-O-V-E my CGM, after I insert the ten penny nail needle for the sensor into myself. I have been on needles of some kind for 50 years, and this even makes me sick!
I am trying the suggestions, had a great sensor set up this morning, and I am smiling!!
Thanks. I think I just needed some encouragement and you all were there to help!
I am so sorry you have had crappy experiences with your CGM because I am so in LOVE with mine. It has been life changing for me and liberating. But I went in to it very recently and after just being sick and tired of having to stab myself 12 times a day and not being able to drive without having to test my blood sugar or not being able to play tennis or go for a walk or any of the myriad of other things I do during the day. At the same time, the first night poor hubby and I did not sleep at all. Then I changed the high alert to something outrageous and put the low alert as low as it can go which is 60 and now we are both sleeping through the night undisturbed which is a huge change for both of us.
The sensor is painless both to insert and to wear. I did wear a medtronic Ipro sensor this summer and it was a harpoon. If the Dexcom sensor was anything like that I would never have even considered it. This is the only piece of D equipment I have as I am still using MDI. I will not get a pump unless I have no other choice which I understand can happen with long term D and menopause but for now I am very happy with the CGM and I do hope that your decision works out well for you. I prefer to keep paramedics out of my bedroom and this for me is a very good way to avoid that. It also has allowed my husband a good nights' sleep something he has not had really since we were married 26 years ago.
Clare, I hear you. The CGM can change lives. However, I still feel the sensor is a HUGE needle inserted in my abs. Not comfortable to insert, but after I remove the ONE INCH needle, it is comfortable to wear.
After a great day --good readings, great ISIGs, excellent calibrations--it was looking good and in the middle of dinner with friends, I got a lost sensor. NO idea why; everything had been fantastic. Tried, in the middle of dinner with friends, to find the lost sensor three times with no luck. Shut it down, as my preoccupation with the sensor (see OCD in former post) was evident, although I tried to be very discreet, very calm and under the table.
Had to insert another ten penny nail after dinner at 8:00 pm. Am waiting to input the transmitter and will wait for the calibration alert. OR, maybe I will just let the sensor cook all night, so I can sleep.
I was truly enjoying "White Christmas." This is the basis of why I hate this device. I perserver, and will keep on keeping on. I just want to feel safe when I sleep.
I agree, the MM CGMS sensor needle is horrible !
I used MM CGMS for about 3 years and got many Lost sensors towards the end. I remember those days well. With Dexcom, it simply shows ???, or 'out of Range'.
If you are getting many Lost sensor alarms, it may be your transmitter. If your transmitter is under warranty, Minimed may replace it, so try calling MM Tech support. Your transmitter may not be holding enough charge when you recharge it, or maybe the recharger needs new batteries.
There was a 'tester' that Tech support had me do one time, and I think the results let them know if your transmitter is good or not, to distinguish it from Sensor problems.
What on earth kind of CGM do you have ? I have not had a lost sensor message of any kind. The sensor introducer needle for me so far is not even close to as large as the monoject syringe needles I used to use and I don't put it on my abdomen. The introducer needle is I think 26 gauge for the Dexcom, but other CGM's are 22 gauge which for me would definitely count as a harpoon, or ten penny nail. And the sensor itself is the size of a couple of human hairs. Or maybe I am just not that sensitive to it. I don't know but as in everything in D, YDMV. I'm sorry it ruined your dinner.
I am just complaining....
It is a mini med sensor. I just looked on the package for the gauge and could not find it, but I did measure the length and it is around an inch, hence the nail comparison. It is much thicker than say an insulin syringe needle.
I have all the test stuff, but I never go there first. I usually figure it is the sensor as the first step. I put a new one in last night and it is working well. If that doesn't work, I will try other things.
Keep your fingers crossed that this one works for me! Thanks.
Fingers and toes are crossed for the latest one to work. http://www.diabeteshealth.com/media/pdfs/PRG2010/6-CGM_Chart-Diabet... here is the comparison between the different CGM's available. Both medtronic sensor inserter needles are 22 gauge and as I said that felt like a harpoon when I wore it during the summer. I could not find the new G4 sensor inserter needle specs, but read they are almost exactly the same as the 7+ only slightly smaller. But the really good thing about the Dexcom system is the sensors are rated to last 7 days, but I have gotten much more time out of them. The mini med ones are 3 days ?
If it's beeping and buzzing a lot that tends to mean one of a few things.
1. Bad sensor and your readings are off
2. You are not dosing properly for what you are eating
3. You are eating poorly and what you are eating is causing swings in both directions.
I'm not judging, but since starting on a CGM and seeing exactly what I put into my mouth does to my levels in real time has made me reconsider what I always thought of as as somewhat healthy diet. Now I may not go for that small package of chips, or I'll re-think what I'm having for breakfast or dinner knowing how my body will react. It's a tool, plain and simple, not a solution. Either learn from it, or discard it, that's up to you. Hope it starts working out better for you. If it is your body causing it to beep and buzz all the time, maybe it's time to stop complaining about the sensor and start listening to what your body is telling you.