NOTHING SPECIAL BUT A GREAT SWIM AND LOVING MY G6 DEXCOM EXPERIMENT #1:
I have to say, right off the bat, that I had little hope for this current Dexcom to work for me. I tried the G4 and the G5 without ANY success whatsoever. And I really gave them a fair try (over a year in total, despite body placement) It was such a disappointment. I couldnt understand how almost everyone was raving about it, sharing how they extended the life of it, the accuracy…blah,blah,blah.
So I switched for a couple of years to the FreeStyle Libre. It was the easiest to insert, half the warm-up time, and lasted 2 weeks as opposed to only 7 days. Only thing was that it was constantly inaccurate, always reading about 20 points lower than a finger stick. Just not reliable. But I didnt feel conspired against as my Endo was telling me that most of his patients (both T1 and T2) had the same complaints. Either too high a reading or too low a reading, but never accurate.
Now I am using the Dexcom G6 and the accuracy is incredible. Nothing seems to work on my tummy (cant pinch even a quarter of an inch of skin for insertion), so I wear it on my upper left arm beneath my shoulder and towards the back of my arm. I am blown away. It has helped me immensely . Last night, for instance, it woke me up twice with its vibration and loud alarm to tell me I was low and going lower (50). I was able to take in some glucose and go back to bed without any insidences.
For swimming, unfortunately, I dont get this kind of luxury. I have to leave it in my locker while I swim, which causes a loss in signal. But, as soon as I am back near my locker, it comes right back on. I admit I did have a batch of 3 sensors that came from the same box which all failed. But, I called up DEXCOM Technical service and they apologized, replaced them, and sent me some over-patches. My next box worked perfectly, so I just count that up as a bad batch and nothing to do with my former Dexcom Curse.
As I said, I woke up low this morning, and it took from 6:15 till 7am to come up to 72.( I ate quite a few Skittles, which,btw, I dont care for, but they do the job and they do it quickly; within a 1/2 hour everything is as it should be.)
I have been posting lately on my low BGs after mealtime, my poor absorption of insulin and food, and going low and not being able to get my sugars back up for (sometimes hours). I am going to start a new thread on this, because this thread is about swimming and that is a different subject entirely. I hope some people will check it out, and that we can have a good discussion and help one another on the matter.
6:15am BG 56 6 Skittles and back to sleep
7am BG 76 bolus for Breakfast
11am BG 96 Turn Off Basal , wait 15 minutes and dash to the pool
11:30 BG 110 6gms Glucose and jump in
12:15 BG 85 bolus .3u/h for time off pump, showered, got dressed and walked home
the Interesting part (and this happens all the time, but I have neglected to mention it) when I get home, my BGs have spiked (or swelled) to 145 after twenty minutes of my previous bolus. So I wait approximately 1 hour before drinking my refuel shakes, which is when I am back in TR.) I dont know if this happens to others who exercise intensely (or moderately). I would love to hear from you about your experiences and how you may have resolved the issue I dont understand it at all. I am suspecting that it has to do with some cortisol reaction or possibly adrenaline thing, but I dont know.
back to stats:
12:40 bolused 2.9 u/h (new ICR I am trying out) took 2 10mg Domperidone
1pm BG 145 waited till 1:30
1:30 BG 95 Drank Shakes
we’ll see what happens later.