Thursday, July 30, 2009

CGM Jury Still Out

Thanks so much for the comments on my last post. In spite of a power outage that caused some bad hair this morning, I went to my Endoc appt today. I received the results of my first A1C after starting on a CGM two months ago. He does the quickie in office A1C test, and has even moved the machine that hums and whirs to produce that magic number into the exam room, which leaves me with sort of a Magic 8 ball type of feeling about the whole thing.

A1C six mos ago was 6.5, and today it was 6.6. I've bounced between 6.3 and 6.7 for the last few years. So is the CGM helping? I think the jury is still out. I know I like being able to see what's going on, and that I'm less hesitant to make changes, but I think a little less talk and a little more action (thanks Elvis) are in order. Got a couple of suggestions from my endoc that will hopefully help get my overnight #'s in better shape, and he offered to help me troubleshoot between appts if not.

I also have to realize that over time, my body changes, and sometimes just staying the same is a victory. I'm in my 40's, have put on a few unwanted pounds in the last few months, and have seen, but not wanted to acknowledge, that I'm not quite as insulin sensitive as a result. Denial is a many splendored thing. So I'm crankin' up the juice a little more and we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The A1C after the CGM

Tomorrow is my first post CGMing appointment with my endoc. I almost cancelled it, but somehow managed to "select 1 to confirm the appointment" when I got the reminder call yesterday.

So what's the problem?? I'm afraid I haven't done the CGM justice by reducing my A1C.

I have made some positive changes that may actually lower it, like increasing overnight basals, not purposely running so high prior to exercise, bolusing more aggressively when appropriate, and correcting more often. It's also been less than 2 months that I've been hooked up and seeing those nice graphs, so why can't I cut myself a little "learning curve" slack?

But I have this feeling in the pit of my stomach like if the A1C is not better, I might have to give my CGM back. Ridiculous thought (I mean...who would I give it back to?), and intellectually I know it's not true, but it is how it FEELS. But I'm going tomorrow, though I may look odd clutching my CGM site and hissing at anyone who approaches me.