dTech Stress.

I’m probably taking a risk here, but I need to vent.

I’m irritated.

I think my body hates me. My bg’s are all over the place – mainly due to stress and eating wildly (I tend to eat when I’m stressed, and lately I’ve been VERY stressed), I’m sure.

But most of all, my sites are being a royal pain – in – my –  tushie. I’ve tried the different sets. The only one that works consistently is the Sure-T needle ones. I hate that I can’t use the cool colorful ones anymore because my body somehow manages to kink them within a day.

My CGM sites? HA! I’m so mad right now I could scream. I follow my calibration times and rules. Yet, some last 3 days, one even lasted me 8 days recently, and others only last a day. TOTALLY irritating when you lose a whole entire day of inaccurate data that will be factored into your average that the doctor sees. I thought there was a correlation between where the sensor was placed and the accuracy… nope. Maybe between consistent calibration times? Better, but not really. Outside effects on the sensor? I can cover it and not let a wick of outside moisture hit the darn thing and it can still mess up, so no, that can’t be considered in it either. Not to mention they HURT like the dickens now too. I swear I’ve become more sensitive to them all of a sudden. What’s most aggrivating is that it seems that I have to follow just as much of a schedule to calibrate as when I was on shots for taking them. And isn’t that a major part of pumping? To be able to have lax schedules that fit your life?

Maybe I’m just going through a mental PMS and I need to just suck it up.

Of course, it’s probably because my bg is high right now too and it’s one of those that make me mad at anything.

But it’s good to vent, right?

I think it’s time for me to sit down and write out all of pros and cons to my current diabetes management system. Maybe I just need a break from d-technology for a while. I just don’t like the idea of it for fear that I will give up completely. Advice?

6 thoughts on “dTech Stress.”

  1. When I started on the Medtronic CGM, the nurse/trainer made me promise to give it 30 days before deciding whether or not to continue or give it up. I suspect lots of patients give it up early. From what I learned from those who attended the Medtronic sessions thing a few months ago (I think you went), the sensors are handmade – explaining the inconsistency. But they can hurt, there’s no denying that.

    A couple of months ago, everything was going wrong for me… my vial of insulin shouldn’t have been bad, but after exhausting every other possibility, I chucked it and took a new one, and all was good again. You never know — even if it’s just a mental restart, it worked.

    The CGM seems to be stressing you out a lot. Take a break for a few days… it’s less for you to try to fix on an ongoing basis. Hopefully that will help to settle the nerves a bit without dropping the technology altogether.

    Good luck…hope it works for you. If you need anything, let me know.

  2. I think Scott has an idea about taking a CGM break. Even if just for a day or two, it may help calm things down for you if it’s being that much of a burden. I certainly don’t like the thought of being without one but have to remind myself that we went so long without them to begin with and were fine. I hope you figure out a solution but writing things down is a good start! (((HUGS)))

  3. I started using a Medtronic CGM in October as a first step towards getting me on a pump (I do 5 shots a day) and at first I really liked it. I was surprised I still needed to do so much testing, but it was holding me accountable in a way I hadn’t been since my pregnancies. However, as time went on, I began having more and more defective sensors that would stop working after the first day. When they did last the prescribed 3 days, the first day was often completely out of sync with my meter. When I pushed it to 5 days, the last day was also completely out of sync. When life got stressful for a while, I put it away, and then went back, but was immediately faced with two single day lasting sensor fails. And thus, the product is back in its box on a shelf, and I have no plans to switch to a pump.

    I wonder if I was “drowning” the sensors. From the first time I used one, I bled a lot while putting it in, and that would happen again from time to time. But I couldn’t not make myself bleed, and was burning through the sensors too rapidly.

    My A1C wasn’t as good as when I was wearing the CGM, but it wasn’t much worse either. If things get really off track, I will try it again. But for every day use – it wasn’t the right thing for me.

    I should mention that I work in finance and data means everything to me. Having readings on my CGM that were 100 points higher than my meter – a common occurrence – drove me crazy!

    Good luck and I hope you find something that works for you!

  4. You have to do what is right for you – no matter what the external influences are (KWIM?)

    I think a break is better than giving up all together.

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