Friday, March 7, 2008

14 Days of Dex: Day 2

Thankfully the DexCom let me sleep through most of the night. It woke me up at 3am, beeping that I was high--243 or something like that--a meter check revealed I was 196. I corrected. I woke up higher at 7:00am.

Oh well.

I know three facts right now:

1.) CGMS is still not an exact science.
2.) I've only had the DexCom a little over 24 hours. I shouldn't expect too much yet.
3.) It is a certain time of month, therefore the numbers can get downright unpredictable. Not to mention the fact that I want to eat things every minute of every day. Being a woman is annoying in this way--if you're not a lady, be momentarily glad.

My nine-hour profile is vaguely U-shaped. It wouldn't have arched back up at the end, but I was curious to see just how fast my BS would go up after I ate carbs that I didn't bolus for. The answer--pretty quick. No wonder I feel so crappy when I forget to bolus! The sudden 40-point jump is right there, staring back at me from a pocket-sized screen.

It's pretty fascinating to see your blood glucose levels in action, even if it's not the most accurate set of readings in the world.

Now I just have to remember to carry the DexCom with me when I move around. I left it in the car accidentally when I got home from my job interviews today. I had it on the passenger seat in case it decided to beep in the middle of the turnpike. Which it did.

And now, randomness prompts me to bring you a Friday Cat Blog:

This is Sadako, asleep and adorable. If you're not familiar with her, she's actually Nigel's cat, but she's pretty much the House Cat--Matt and I just don't have to scoop the litter box. This pic has been the background on the Xbox 360 home screen for a while now, and everyone says, "Awww!" when you turn it on. But a warning to you all: do not let that fuzzy face fool you. This is a bad kittycat. I came downstairs yesterday to grab the pair of shoes I wanted to wear to the interview I had in the morning. One shoe was good. The other shoe? This sneaky puddy-tat peed in it! It was a pair of shoes I really liked, and now, they are going in the trash. The right shoe cannot be saved. Sigh. At least I had backup shoes.

4 comments:

  1. Too bad about your shoe. Icky! But I hope the interview went well. Let us know. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Hannah

    Glad to hear you're using the Dexcom. Give it a few days and I'll bet you learn some very interesting things.

    Do check out the software. Especially the hourly averages graph. That helps you see where your control is tightest and where the 'problems' are.

    The numbers in my recent blog post came from that software. Looking at them on a monthly basis has been reassuring and helpful.

    By the way, did you get the open model or the one that needs a OneTouch for calibration?

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  3. That's the one thing that the Dexcom clearly spoke to me...carbohydrates hit the system quickly! Because of the spike, I now bolus about 15 min. before eating.

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