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All Blog Posts Tagged 'cgms' (8)

Is A1c Becoming Irrelevant?

from my blog Don't Fear Diabetes

If there’s one number, one test that strikes fear and loathing into the hearts of diabetics everywhere, it’s the A1c. Not only is it the main number used to diagnose diabetes, it is the measuring stick wielded

by doctors, CDEs, insurers, and diabetics themselves for evaluating our“control”. But are its days numbered?…


Added by Christopher Angell on September 20, 2010 at 1:00pm — 16 Comments

Taking the CGM Plunge

I admit it - I resisted. Mostly because I could not bear to think of having to pierce Caleb's skin for yet another reason. Finger sticks and pump insertions seemed like quite enough. Adding a CGM - another poke, another pain, another apparatus strapped to him - seemed too much to ask.

But it remained in the back of my mind always. Every time we waited for the blood drop to register - that little game of roulette we play ten to twelve times a day - what number would pop up? It's part… Continue

Added by Lorraine on October 9, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Jumping Ship?

So 9 months ago, I bought a Cozmo. I've liked it a lot. And they're claiming that they will support the device for the duration of my warranty - which will expire in July of 2012. I can get my cartridges from Edgepark and I use Animas infusion sets anyway. Looks like I'm all set, I guess.

But then I imagine waiting until 2012 with no potential advancements, integrations, or updates to my pump model. Is it worth giving up a device that… Continue

Added by Melissa Lee on April 24, 2009 at 10:21am — 5 Comments

It Took 20 Years!

I just had a visit with an endocrinologist. I used to see this specialist twenty years ago. I stopped seeing him after my first husband passed away. Frankly, I didn't like his advice back then. The advice was too strict for my freedom, and to put it bluntly, I was made out to be "bad". I didn't like that.

Recently, my primary care had set up a referral back to this specialist. I stared at my primary care, and he said, "Don't tell me, you've seen this endocrinologist, and it was… Continue

Added by Barbara M on March 2, 2009 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

six point one

Got my new A1c results: 6.1

Endocrinologist's exact words (as left in my voicemail inbox):
"Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Call me when you get pregnant."

We are closing on our house in two weeks.
As of today's weigh-in, I've lost 24.6 pounds since April.
I have been approved for my CGMS (if it will ever GET here).

Life is...pardon the expression...sweet.

Added by Melissa Lee on October 29, 2008 at 7:06pm — 11 Comments

Decided cardiologist is an idiot.

Ok so a week after my cardiologist took me off of one of the medications, my regular doctor put me back on it and upped it as I was still having heart issues. All was well for a few weeks, over the weekend my heart started racing again so on Mon after i started to get short of breathe, I called Dr. A and let them know. He took me from 100 mgs of Toprol XL a day to 200 mgs. Toprol is a 24 hour acting beta blocker so even 50 mgs is a hefty dose. All was well Mon and my heart rate dropped. He… Continue

Added by Cody Turner on August 13, 2008 at 12:19am — 3 Comments

Upgrading to a CGMS

I have been considering and then putting off upgrading to a continous blood glucose monitoring pump system for over a years now. I'm getting great A1C1 results with my Minimed 515 and testing anywhere from 6 to 10 times per day. I have a number of basal rates programmed into my pump. One for sick days, another for normal days, another for really physically active days, another for the week before my period and another for the week of (too graphic for some? Well it's a big deal when your insulin… Continue

Added by Maureen on June 22, 2008 at 11:43am — 4 Comments

CGMS Flatliner

I was fortunate to have an insurance provider (United) that is pretty liberal toward CGMS. I have been indifferent toward getting started with it, but after my package arrived, my enthusiasm increased. I've seen a lot of posts about fears of the needle associated with the Medtronic CGMS Sof-Sensor, but it honestly hurt no more or no less than my pump needle, or the thousands of BD syringes that I have stuck myself with over the years. At this point, I think I could shoot myself up with one of… Continue

Added by Shawn-ATL on April 30, 2008 at 6:52pm — 3 Comments

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