CGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors)

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Confession time here: I am borderline innumerate. Meaning even though I made it through high school calculus with a (barely) B-, I am very bad with numbers. Which is very bad for diabetes management. But that’s a whole other story.
What I’m getting at today is that I hadn’t actually done the math on my beloved new continuous glucose monitor (CGM) until now, and attempting to add up my costs thus far, I do not…

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DexCom Dispatch: Thank Heaven for Tankinis

I’ve had the dubious good fortune of obtaining my DexCom in the middle of summer, so I’ve been sporting my little black box at the pool a lot. I was so disappointed at having to bypass the bikini collection and drag out that single one-piece swimsuit I own, usually reserved for ‘Mommy and Me’ swim class. But last week I suddenly remembered that I actually own a Tankini! Wore it the next day and it…

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More DexCom: Addicted to the Line

It’s been just over two weeks, and I’m hooked. I can’t imagine going back to simply sticking my finger several times a day, or every few hours at most…
As the DexCom rep put it, it’s like we used to be driving along in a car with the windshield blocked out, and only every now and then would someone pull the cover off so we could have a quick glimpse of where we were on…

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DexCom and Me Update: Managing Expectations

Today marks the close of Week One wearing the new DexCom STS wireless continuous monitor. I’m still enthusiastic, of course, but I’ve learned a few things, mostly about managing expectations. Or more specifically: Lessons in How CGM Can Help Us Now.
WHAT IT ISN’T:
- a magic wand for transforming your glucose control overnight (obviously, our rational minds know this beforehand, but somehow the vague hope lingers)
- an escape from multiple daily fingersticks. You…

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Think Outside the (Test Strip) Box: DexCom and Me

Thank you all kindly for your tips — and empathy — on my test strip woes. I learned something extremely useful (which may not be news to the savvy long-timers out there) that constitutes quite the paradigm shift for me: you can buy test strips for cheap(er) at places like Costco, eBay and supply websites like DiabetesMall.net without a prescription! So you don’t have to rely on your insurance to cough up coverage for more…

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