It's been a little while since I have done any updates on The Highs & Lows of Type 1 Diabetes series and I decided now seemed like a good enough time for a post and an update since I started back on the CGM (continuous glucose monitoring system).
About 2 months ago I went in for my routine blood work where I got my A1C checked. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the A1C is a blood test that provides information about your average blood sugar levels over the past three months. The lower the number the better. My results came back not so great. Was I surprised? Not really. I can be honest with myself and say that I had not been eating as good as I should and guessing when it came to corrections for my insulin pump. I was basically not making my diabetes a priority and my test results reflected that.
I was on the CGM when I was pregnant with both boys and because of it I had the best A1Cs of my life. During my pregnancies my A1C average was 6, which is awesome. The only problem with the CGM back then was I felt like after a couple days it wold give me inaccurate readings and the whole process of the insertion was super painful and left ugly marks when it was time to change it and take it out. So after my pregnancies I got off of it.
My doctor recommended that I get back on the CGM and to be honest, I wasn't too excited about it. BUT he told me the good news is the new updated Enlite Glucose Sensor is supposed to be wayyyy better than the old one in terms of accuracy, insertion process, longevity of each sensor and pain. Plus the new sensor sets off alerts if you go too low and will shut off your pump if you remain unresponsive to the alarm, which I thought was another really great new feature. So I decided to give it a try.
I have been on the sensor for 3 weeks now and it has been night and day in terms of managing my diabetes. My blood sugars have been awesome and I feel so much better. I am pretty sure this is going to be a permeant thing for me until they come out with something even better. I have been wearing the sensor on my outer thigh and it does not hurt nor is it irritating in the slightest bit. I don't notice it when I work out, do squats or any other physical activities.
I can't wait to re-do my A1C in the next month or so.