After many, many months of wondering whether to get a continuous glucose monitor, I actually have one in my hands. Yes, my Minimed Real-Time Mini-Link transmitter and sensors arrived today. Soon I’ll be able to track an approximation of my current blood glucose (BG) more-or-less as it changes. I have high hopes along with some reservations.
On the awesome side: I’ll be able to see how my BG changes when I eat and when I don’t. After a couple weeks, I hope to notice some trends and make bolus ratio and basal rate changes that will get me closer to Awesometown. I will know more quickly when my BG is going high or low, so I can take care of it sooner — especially overnight or while driving. I also hope to find out what actually happens when I exercise so that I can get more out of my workouts. Basically, we’re talking about better readings and more peace of mind.
Given all the benefits of CGM — to paraphrase Gina when we had dinner in New York City last month — why didn’t I make this decision earlier?
Because it’s scary, that’s why. And kinda expensive. But mostly scary. First off, I had wicked buyers remorse after committing to the Minimed CGM. It has pros and cons — just like its rival Dexcom does — but a lot of people said they switched from Minimed to Dexcom. Nevertheless, I got this one because the objections that people gave didn’t match my experience with the blind sensor I wore last summer, and I didn’t really want to carry around another device. (We’ll see if I actually did make a mistake by not going with Dex.)
But the actual scary reason lies deeper. What if I wear this new sensor and I can’t get my three-month A1c lower? What if the high/low alarms are just a constant reminder of how much I suck at taking care of my own disease? What if having a constant flow of information makes me feel like I am defined or controlled by diabetes all the time? I guess we’ll just have to see and have some faith.
But for now, I’m just really excited. It’s like Christmas (again).