Best way for me to slow down and think about the big picture of managing this PITA disease is to summarize my current thinking…which becomes this post of “my story today”.
I’m five years in with LADA Type 1, MDI with Fiasp and Tresiba. For the past few years (once I settled in with my insurance company covering a Dexcom G5) I’ve felt like I can control my BG adequately as long as I can rely on the CGM and pay attention. In other words, as long as I can devote enough snippets of brain power when needed to think about what my CGM is telling me, or what I am about to do or eat or etc., and adjusting as needed, my overall attitude is confidence that I am in control of my BG and short/long term health. So far so good with that, latest A1c was 6.1 (which of course I’d enjoy more if it was lower but I am basically OK with).
I had a really good CGM routine going for a while. I get my main workouts playing hockey 2-3 times a week, supplemented by walking/landscaping/manual labor/biking etc. So overall I’m active but not a hard core workout person. As I got established with this routine, the key to success became feeling good about my CGM during hockey games. Playing hockey is my favorite social thing too, it’s when I hang out with my friends before and after games. The last thing I want is to be screwing around with high or low BG during my fun time. I successfully used the Dexcom G5 for the past few years by carrying the “old” push button receiver in a waist pouch under my pads (my iphones have not survived the abuse of being anywhere near a hockey rink). Worked great, all was well, why oh why did I ever decide to mess with a good thing?
Starting this spring I have been trying out the Eversense CGM (more about that on another thread) and trying the Spike app to extend the life of my G5 transmitter. The original goal of doing all this was to stockpile at least one G5 transmitter plus about 6 months worth of g5 sensors, saving for a rainy day so to speak.
Today it all hit the fan, Spike app refused to renew for some weird ios tech BS reason and Eversense data seems awfully squirrelly. Rather than spend hours troubleshooting all this new stuff, I decided to rethink the whole concept of goofing around with all this new tech and just go back to basics i.e. what worked for me in the past…started my spare G5 transmitter about a month before I originally planned, deleted Spike app from my phone and decided to just ignore the Eversense for a while to clear my head. It really feels good to be back to a CGM setup I feel confident with.
There is no moral to my story other than going back to the tried and true G5 was like lifting a weight off my shoulders.