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…
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!
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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