My Dexcom G4 transmitter died today, just one week short of a year. I still have one sensor left, so that’s $100 down the drain in itself.
Living alone for the last year, it’s been a life saver for me in so many ways. I’m pretty sad having to go back to sticking my fingers, and worrying at night about lows. There are now diabetes management changes I’ll have to make to ensure that I’m safe at night. And lots of re-thinking and obsessive attention to management during the day.
My poor fingers will again be subjected to 8-10+ tests a day, or more if there’s a problem. I can’t just have an afternoon at a shopping mall without testing lots. More planning has to go into extra activity, food… everything!
I’m going to miss being able to glance at the CGM blood glucose number on my Animas Vibe and see I’m either ok to keep walking or I have to grab some glucose. I already miss it since this morning!
It’ll be back to very strict, very low-carb because that’s what works best for me. No food after a certain time at night, no matter how hungry I am, so my blood glucose is stable at least 2 hours before bed. Gosh, I’ve almost forgotten how I used to do things a year ago! I was pretty strict, yet still didn’t have as good an A1C as I’ve had for the last year. What a huge change this is going to be! Going backwards, has zero appeal.
I’m pretty much hypo unaware. That can get dangerous! It’s also worse in lots of ways the longer you’re low. The only way around that is to run higher blood glucose and to test often. I’ll have to do that permanently because, as advised, running higher for only a few days brings back the hypo-aware state only for a few more days. Kind of pointless. Running higher is both a long term risk for complications and a short term risk for feeling sluggish and awful. I get that sometimes even at the high end of normal. So a normal range is a bit more narrow for me. I’m sometimes sensitive to higher numbers after all these years.
It’ll be a while before I can afford to buy another transmitter, unless I get one from the USA. Cost there is more reasonable, especially if you know who to buy from. I’ll still have to save my pennies. Struggling financially is a way of life for me at the moment.
Why oh why do we have to pay out of pocket for CGMs in Australia? Medicare where are you? NDSS where are you? Private health insurance, which I pay a fortune for, where are YOU?
Don’t you all get it that a CGM can help keep people alive, can save calling an ambulance for a severe low (and who’s going to call for me if I live alone?), and a CGM, when used properly, can stave off long-term complications that you’ll be paying for anyway. The logic of all these organisations not wanting to fund CGMs, even partially, completely evades me!
Health and peace of mind, in this case, is most definitely for those who can afford it. So is long term health. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that my diabetes management was greatly improved and beautifully fine-tuned by having the Dexcom G4 Platinum for the last year.
Goodbye Dex. You’ve given me a fantastic year of nearly anxiety-free living with Type 1.