The real crooks here aren't the insurance companies, but the manufacturers of this technology -- no one is denying them the chance to earn a profit, but they don't have to rape, pillage and plunder in the process!
She called me in from the waiting room. We entered the exam room and we sat down. She started explaining how to use the device, a Dexcom 7 continuous glucose meter (CGMS). She explained that it consisted of three parts, a sensor, a transmitter and a receiver. The sensor would be embedded just under my skin, the transmitter would send readings every minute to the receiver which I had to keep within 5 feet of my body. Easy enough.
She walked me through calibrating the Dexcom ( two sequential meter readings uploaded to the Dexcom from a OneTouch Ultra ) and reminded to make one meter reading every 12 hours to keep the 7 updated. She then handed me some sheets of paper for keeping a food and insulin dosage log. She also wrote down her phone number. "Call me if you have any questions or issues".
She then showed me how to insert the sensor ( on my belly ) and snap in the sensor. Quite painless I must say.
I left. The first day was a little frustrating. The 7 kept telling me I had a low ( below 70 ) but my meter ( if in doubt test ) said I was over 100. Hmm ... three more finger pricks later and I had the 7 in tune with reality. Or so I thought.
I are lunch and fully expected that two hours later my BG would be about 120. Nope. The 7 says I am 256. The meter says 134. Sigh! Recalibrate again. I finish up my work day and head home for dinner.
My wife and kids want to see the "alien" on papa. "Does it hurt", asks my 7 year old. She's so cute.
Around 10 PM the 7 buzzes and displays a blood droplet icon. Time to calibrate. One more finger prick ( that's over 10 today ) and I am off to dreamland. Er ... ahh .. not quite... the 7 wakes me up around 2 PM. "LOW!". I test, curse at the frackin device, and go back to bed.
Day two and three were similar although there was much less testing. About 4 per day.
So what's the frackin point again!!
Yesterday, my endo and I looked at the numbers from my FreeStyle Flash. He plots a graph. "This look good". My average BG is 104.
Do I really need to join the collective.
I wore the CGM for two weeks and have not worn it all this past week, because I am so frustrated that it works until I calibrate it and then it goes haywire.
A CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) is a device that measure blood glucose on a continuous basis at select intervals. The CGM consists of a sensor and receiver. The sensor is attached to the user at all times and transmits readings to a receiver via bluetooth technology similar to what is found in cell phone head sets. The sensor must be calibrated ( the issue that irritates most users ) by comparison with readings take with a conventional glucose meter.
The constant re-calibration is what I think frustrates most users. Karen felt that the machine was not reliable and she was constantly re-calibrating. I'll find out for myself soon enough. Tomorrow I plan to ask my endocrinologist to loan me a CGMS for trial.