Recently, we have been considering asking our doctor to prescribe a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system for Kaitlyn. From the very beginning of diagnosis, we were pretty sure we wanted to get Kaitlyn on a pump, and we’re glad we did. After we made the jump and pumping was going well, we were eager to take advantage of any other technology that was available for patients with type 1 diabetes. We knew that the next natural transition would be to get a CGM system.
For those of you who don’t know, a CGM system is a device that gives continuous readings of blood sugar numbers. It has a sensor that the patient wears on his or her body and a monitor that receives the readings. It has customizable alarms for highs and lows. Sounds pretty cool, right? We were really gung-ho at first, but as we thought more about it, we realized that we had too many unanswered questions and decided that it just wasn’t time yet. Here were some of the questions we had about getting a CGM system:
Some time has passed since Kaitlyn’s diagnosis, and the technology is getting better and better. Many of my friends and the people I’ve met through online support groups are just raving about the success they’ve experienced using their CGM systems. When we’re ready to consider it again, I’ll have a conversation about the pros and cons with our endocrinologist. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to ignore the lure of technology much longer.
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
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