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When the Dexcom monitor flashed a warning that it was time to order a new transmitter, I figured I’d at least have a couple of weeks before it went kaput. So we numbed the back of Charlie’s arm for about 40 minutes, slapped the sensor on him and waited two hours for the warm-up period.
And … waited.
Unlike the signal spottiness we experienced occasionally when we were using the Medtronic CGM, the Dexcom always started up without issue exactly at the two hour mark. No signal after two hours was highly out of character. Charlie went to sleep while we waited and hoped it would come back. In the morning, we peeled it off and I made the phone call to Dexcom.
It would take about five days for the new transmitter to arrive. With a full weekend of hockey ahead of us, I was concerned about the timing of this CGM vacation. We have really come to rely upon the Dexcom as a barometer for blood sugar levels around the clock, so the transmitter couldn’t come soon enough in my opinion. Charlie, on the hand, enjoyed the little weekend getaway.
This would be a vacation from hell, I figured; like the old days – when we lived in complete diabetes darkness. But something interesting happened during the weekend of hockey.
For the first time in a long time, I actually sat and watched the game. I didn’t pace around like a maniac with the Dexcom monitor in hand. I was forced to let things be and let Charlie react to his body’s signs on his own without my incessant oversight. Instead of worrying, I simply watched Charlie play hockey.
And we all survived.
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)
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)