Why The Continuous Glucose Monitor is Awesome

About a week ago I got the nicest note from a girl named Erin.

“Hi Claire I’m 10 and I just read your blog for the first time and really loved it. I liked reading about how you deal with diabetes. I saw the Harry potter movie and loved it too. I am sad that the series ended though. We have talked the CGM. I wasn’t that interested but am going to give it a second thought after reading about you liking it. I will keep checking your blog. thanks and have a nice summer. Erin”

Thing Number One: I told people that the CGM is awesome. And it is. But I decided to give all of those people who don’t have CGMs reasons why it is so awesome.

1. It charts your trends. You can go online and see that every Monday at nine you go to 180, and then you can adjust even for that very minor high.

2. It confirms your senses. Like when your feeling low and all that jazz. Thus making you feel more confident. Somebody once told me that the reason they didn’t want to get the CGM was because they thought that they would start to ignore their body. I find that to be the opposite. When I feel low, I look at my graphs, and I feel almost rewarded to see the double arrows going down. You have to do a finger stick to confirm, anyway.

3. If you have any arrows going up, but are still in range, and are about to eat lunch, you can give your self a wee bit extra insulin to compensate for you inevitable high.

4. Once you have your self under more control, you can give your fingers a break.

5. There’s the technology out there, so you might as well use it. It will help to keep you in range.

Thing Number 2: Don’t be afraid to contact me. I love it when you do. (Usually I dance and sing my head off and drive my parents crazy.) I also love comments. I also dance and sing when people comment on my blog. So I thought that I would just ask people (though hopefully I’m not being selfish!) to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE comment on my posts. I love it when you do; it really is the best part of my day when I get a comment. :) And also, it helps me get found on Google. And my ultimate goal is to be part of a community (in this case, type 1 diabetes) that is so unique. And chances are, I’ll give you a feature in my blog like I did Erin.

So thanks for reading me and letting me ramble! And sorry if I came off as a bit pouty in my whole “contact me sales pitch”.

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 diabetic, diabetic blogger, CGM user

5 thoughts on “Why The Continuous Glucose Monitor is Awesome

  1. Tom Huxtable

    Claire,
    I can not agree more with your positive commonets about the CGM. I believe it may have been me that said “they thought that they would start to ignore their body”. Not sure if it was me, but that sure sounds like something I would have said before getting my own CGM. After having Type 1 for 30 years, I am falling in love with the new technologies and advances that the world is making for this disease. As a parent of a young child with type 1, I can tell you that his CGM by Dexcom provides us with peace of mind and provides him with the tools he needs to be safe and healthy. What people still need to understand however, is that there is no replacement for the “Diabetic Feeling”. ALways trust your childs or self instinct as to what your blood levels may be. There are certain elements for different brands of CGM that make them not as accurate at certain times or durring certain situations. Parents and users of the CGM need to quickly recognize these paterns and ways to work around them. Anyone interested in a CGM should get educated on the different brands and seriosly consider using them. I will take my A1C down to the mid 5′s with this little device. I am able to cut off my highs (above 150 ) and treat my lows much higher than I would have before. Thanks for your blog, we love it!!!!!!!

  2. brad

    This is a great post. I think it’s cool how you (and Tom) are examples of people who are probably more in tuned with your body and it’s needs than those of us who are not diabetics. I think we have something to learn from you Type 1 folks.

    Keep up the good work, and keep down the A1C.

    Ha ha… That’s a funny sentence.

  3. Columba Lisa Smith

    Hi Claire,
    I found your blog through the childrenwithdiabetes website. Keep up the writing – this is an excellent blog!
    My son (14) was recently diagnosed with type 1, so we are learning how to live with diabetes. It was quite a shock! I love your honesty about your struggles. That is very encouraging. Your parents seem to be doing an excellent job guiding you. They’re right – you can’t yell at your college profs, ha ha! ; ) Your honesty helps me understand more about what my son is going through. It’s hard for parents to watch the kids they love so much deal with diabetes. Your family is an inspiration!
    God bless,
    Lisa Smith

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  5. Nikki

    Claire – I have a 4 year old son diagnosed 6 months ago and I just found you and your blog today! You are an inspiration and I love your sense of humor and the way you write – and I’m an English teacher! I am going to show Charlie your video of the blood sugar finger test as soon as I get home tonight – he’s never seen anyone else do it before! I am also excited about our d-camp coming up in a couple of months after seeing how much fun you guys have had.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH – now go sing and dance and drive your parents crazy!

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