Guess what showed up on my doorstep today? It’s Kaitlyn’s continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM)! We haven’t even taken it out of the box yet, but I’m super excited and nervous at the same time. After months and months of debating, we finally pulled the trigger and decided to try it out. I’ve always been a bit nervous about trying this new technology for many reasons. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m worried about the benefit really outweighing the impact it could potentially have on Kaitlyn.
So now that we actually have it and are ready to give it a try, this is what is going through my head: How is she going to handle having another “site” (in addition to her insulin pump infusion site)? Kaitlyn has always been reluctant to try anything new or different when it comes to the placement of the needle sticks and pokes on her body. For a long time she only wanted to use certain fingers to check her blood sugar levels. When I put the pump sites on her, she’s very particular about where they go. I have wanted to try other places for sites (so that her little bottom can have a rest), but when I suggest we try her tummy, she adamantly refuses. With the new CGM system, we’ll have little choice but to try some new spots.
Another concern is that we might end up testing blood-sugar levels just as often or even more, to double check the numbers that will be so readily available. When I heard that many people actually test even more frequently when they go on CGM, my first thought was, “What’s the point then?”
So why did we decide to make the jump to CGM? I’ll give you a quick idea of what I’m expecting…
- Going to bed at night feeling confident that the alarm will wake us up if Kaitlyn goes too low or too high. That just sounds like heaven to me… actually getting a full night’s rest without waking up in a panic wondering whether she’s okay. I plan to put the receiver on my nightstand next to my bed, so if I wake up at night the blood sugar reading will be at my fingertips.
- Knowing her trends. One thing I’m really looking forward to is knowing which way her levels are going. It will make the decisions a lot easier knowing if she’s on the way up or down. If she’s got a good number but we know she’s dropping, we can give her a snack. If she’s going up, on the other hand, we’d skip the snack and make sure we check in a while to see if she levels out or if she’ll need a correction.
- Catching the lows before they go too low and the highs before they’re too high. I think that’s the bottom line — keeping Kaitlyn in range. Sometimes we’ll go for hours at a time thinking that Kaitlyn is just fine, and when we test her blood sugar she’s a lot higher or lower than we thought she would be. I’m hoping that the constant readings will help us get a better A1c with fewer lows.
Hopefully this big change for us will be something that will make our lives easier instead of causing more stress. I’ll let you know how it goes! Wish us luck!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.