I am hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and stuffed themselves silly, just as I did. Well, sort of. I tried to limit my carb intake, but that darn stuffing just gets the best of me every year. We visited both families and ate all the turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole we could.
Turkey day was also my Dexcom sensor change day. So, in between meals with families, I changed out my sensor. It was about 3pm when I did this, so I thought, Hey, I should be fine. It’s not like itâ€™s late at night. Everything went well, I actually have gotten used to pressing in the sensor and not being afraid of the needle stick. I calibrated after my 2 hour wait, and left to go to the inlawâ€™s house for supper. I had no problem there, cgm line stayed right in line with my meter readings.
All seemed well, even through Black Friday. Yep, I put it through the ringer that day. My bg line looked like a freakinâ€™ lie detector! Shopping stress plus no sleep isnâ€™t good for me. I was bouncing between the 50â€™s and 250â€™s every couple of hours. I even dropped so low in one store that I started blacking out. I dropped too fast for the CGM to catch it. CGM still showed 85 while meter read 42 after 10 minutes and handful of jelly beans. NOT fun! At the end of the day, I was tired, and so must have been my sensor. Why?
Because Saturday morning I woke up to the lovely error of â€œSENSOR FAILEDâ€. I hadnâ€™t had one of these before. I panicked for a few minutes, checked my bg (which was fine, actually), and breathed a sigh of relief when I saw I had one more sensor left. So, I changed it out and did my normal 2 hour wait, yada, yada, yadaâ€¦It seemed to be working great, numbers were sort of off, but I attributed that to a new site I hadnâ€™t used before. Hubby and I had a nice day, and went to bed with a great bg. Sunday morning, to my surprise and irritation, I had another â€œSENSOR FAILEDâ€ error. UGH! What am I gonna do now? That was my last one! So, I gathered myself together. I dug both packages that my sensors came in from out of the trash can and saved them so I could call Dexcom as soon as I could. I also added an extra tube of strips to my meter case since I knew Iâ€™d probably go bg-check-happy and check a ton of times over the next few days.
I called Dexcom this morning, gave them the lot and serial numbers to both sensors and they have some replacements on their way to me. They said it takes 3 days to be delivered via FedEx, so I am trying to patiently wait until Thursday for them to arrive.
So, to add to my â€œWhat Iâ€™m Thankful Forâ€ list, I am thankful for companies that stand by their product and send out replacements when things fail. I am also thankful for having enough supplies â€œin stockâ€ that when the best technology fails, I can still lean on the old-school ways to keep my glucose in check.