Recently I realised that I was starting to think quite negatively about my diabetes by asking ‘what’s next’. Particularly as I see the little countdown on my Freestyle Libre reader as to when my sensor will shut off. It’s similar to when my Dexcom starts giving me warnings to when my sensor will stop.
At this point, I realised how much I dread going back to pricking my fingers and feeling lost without knowing my BG trend. For me that BG trend holds the most meaningful data. It reassures me that everything is working the way it should as best it can be when it comes to diabetes.
The value of CGM and Flash Glucose Monitoring (FGM – yes, an unfortunate abbreviation when you think about it or Google it) is tremendous when you learn to interpret the data, focus on what is meaningful for you and act upon it. Sadly, it is still out of reach for so many people due to the hefty price tag this diabetes technology comes with.
I have been lucky enough to use this wonderful technology. I purchased the Dexcom G4 transmitter and sensors at bargain price last year thanks to a promotion. Having the CGM was especially especially when I travelled to Vancouver last year. Airplane BGLs are not my friend. Sadly that chapter has come to an end now with my transmitter on its last legs and the reality that money doesn’t grow on trees hitting me.
More recently I was provided the Freestyle Libre reader and two sensors to test it out at the Dx2 Sydney event. While Abbott Diabetes Care paid for me to be at the event by covering travel and accommodation costs, talking about the Libre is something I choose to do. Having the Libre has been a great alternative to CGM as I still get those BG trends.
A wonderful role model reminded me earlier in the week to focus on things you can change, rather than stressing over things you have no control over. It’s also a reminder to enjoy the things I have now rather than obsess over planning my next moves. So today, I’m going to focus on enjoying and appreciating the last 10 hours of having the Libre on. I’ll be sad to go back to finger-pricks but I’ll deal with it when I get there.