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April 20, 2014
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Overnight Lows and Not Hearing Dexcom Alarms


In a word, last night was crazy. And I think I have a problem. OK that's more than one word.

 

So I've been getting about 10-12 days out of my Dexcom sensors (woot!) and decided to order another box after I opened my last sensor. Big mistake because that sensor went bad after less than 12 hours. So while I had ordered the next box, there was a holiday thrown in the mix and I wound up without sensors for about a week. (Next time I'll reorder when I have two left.)

 

So I was readjusting to life after a four-day holiday weekend and to finally having Dexcom back. Last night Dexcom apparently screamed at me more than once. The Mr. said it alarmed three times. I only remember the time I looked at it and it said I was 50 mg/dL. And then I remember thinking this exact thought: There's no way I'm 50. I'm not 50. I don't feel 50. Stupid sensor.

 

And I went back to sleep. Without another thought about the 50 or what was likely a nose-dive line on Dexcom. No worries, I woke up at something like 166. But the point is that last night isn't the first time Dexcom has woken me up and I have either ignored it, not remembered it or treated it like my alarm clock by hitting snooze three times before I actually wake up. (OK the point is also that I had a crazy blood sugar night that included a line on Dexcom that looked like a massive valley.)

 

I'm not really sure what to do about this. I wonder if it's just that I'm extra tired this week after being able to sleep in over Thanksgiving because I'm practically ignoring my alarm clock, too. I'm actually surprised that I was able to wake up the last two mornings. Today I just kept hitting snooze. Must have thought I was tending to Dexcom.



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Megan Holmes
Megan Holmes Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life.   (Read More)
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