"I'm sorry to say, but after many attempts with two different Minimed CGMS and also the Dexcom, I've had to accept that these devices just don't "work" with my interstitial fluids. I have tried working with their support…"
"How much are you taking? Have you increased the dosage at all? My doc told me to increase it 15mcg every couple of days as long as I didn't go scary low more than once, which happened for me at 60mcg so I backed off to 45mcg and that's…"
"They say you should use it at meals with >30g of carb, but I have used it for 25g meals too with no problems. So sometimes I use it 3x/day, sometimes only once. I wait to inject until I am ready to eat that first bite (in other words, the food is…"
"Angi - I think you will be very happy with the Dex.
I used both as well and I was not happy at all with the MM sensor. I took a CGM vacation for a year after being on the MM one for 2 months - LOL!!!
Anyway, I insert at anytime and wear each sensor…"
"I've found you really can start it at any time. Having said that, I generally insert it before I go to bed, then start the sensor in the morning so the enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction that makes the thing work has had some time to…"
"I haven't had ANY issues with sensor reading being off for the first day, or whatever. Also, I can put one on anytime, given that it takes three hours to startup, so putting one on at 10pm, say, is probably not a good idea. :)
"Hi Angi, One more difference between the MM & Dex: You should not put any IV patch over the sensor. Even if it is transparent. What I do and many others here do is cut out a template so (for instance) if you use an IV3000 pad, the template will…"
Hi Angi, Just saw you post on eye problems. Your A1C looks great keep that up. However I would suggest you see an opthamologist not an optometrist. The optha. dialates the eye more and looks more intensly at the retina. My optometrist told me for a couple of years there was almost no sign of diabetes on my eyes and then one day my eye hemorraged and I have had to have extensive laser, and my eyesight is failing slowly. Just had more laser last week and I go back in 6 wks for a re check.
Thank you very much.. it's been a long time since I posted that discussion, and I was initially doing better, but I fell off track again.
Now I have a BIG appointment coming up (the last one before I turn 18) in just one week. I'm starting to record today. And I feel like I don't have time to take baby steps. But reading your post has reminded me that baby steps could be the most effective thing for me.
Thanks very much.
I haven't had laser yet, so I have some of the same questions you do! From initial reading, it sounds like the laser does destroy parts of the eye it cauterizes, but in very small amounts that should not interfere too much with vision--unless you need lots and lots of laser hits. Here's to us keeping an "eye" on the situation!
Hi, Angi. Just saw your comment on the Eye Problems group. Good questions! It's great you're getting an annual, dilated eye exam to keep track of any changes. Is your doc an ophthalmologist? They're not the only ones who can care for diabetes eye problems, but may have more relevant training/experience. Did s/he take a reference photograph of your retinas for future comparison?
What I've found, unfortunately, is that diabetes eye problems can be minor, then "blossom" into more serious problems as we age (even with good control). I'm planning to see a retinal specialist soon because after years of being told I had only minor "background retinopathy," my last annual visit revealed some blood vessel leakage that is causing macular edema (swelling of the part of the eye that sees fine detail). I think laser surgery to cauterize the leakage is in my future. It's great to be able to get more detail on eye issues from this group!
I am not currently on a pump, since I am still taking Metformin and Glucatrol along with Lantus insulin. Eventually, I will be taken off the orals, once that happens and I am completely insulin dependent, a pump my be in my future. I love Dr. Lola, but Mayo is the best in the state! (not only for diabetes)
Hi Angi, I just joined Tudiabetes and wanted to say hello, since we live within miles of each other. I have type 1.5 diabetes and see Dr. Lola Olajide. I was diagnosed ~2 months ago. I'm still trying to understand everything, as new information is comming my way every day.
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