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📅 Last week we reviewed how to start a #DexcomG6, what it was like day to day to wear it, and a bit about the blood glucose levels of someone without diabetes. The bit we didn’t speak about is the mental toll that… https://t.co/Imp6F7Uvdg
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📅 Last week we reviewed how to start a #DexcomG6, what it was like day to day to wear it, and a bit about the blood glucose levels of someone without diabetes. The bit we didn’t speak about is the mental toll that it takes to wear a #CGM (continuous glucose monitor) and how to handle all of that #data.
🤯 The beauty of wearing a CGM is that you can know your glucose level at any point of the day or night and the direction it’s going in, you just glance at your phone. You can see all of the traces before that. But what do you do with that information?
🙄 Whilst wearing a CGM I found myself checking my phone for my glucose levels A LOT. The other thing I didn’t expect was the feelings that came with it. Higher blood glucose than I expected? Why? That’s unfair, I haven’t even eaten anything, what else could it be.... Maybe I should go for a walk. Why isn’t it coming down quicker?
🔻 🔺 I mentioned in our last post that I turned the sound alerts off for highs and lows when I wore the CGM, but I can only imagine the extra drama that brings, particularly in the night, at work, or in any situation that you really don’t need lots of beeps bringing your mind back to your glucose levels that you may have temporarily got some headspace from.
🧮 Don’t get me wrong, this kind of diabetes technology is the future. But compare this constant stream of data to four or five blood glucose tests a day, and the amount of information the brain has to deal with is hugely different. As well as the emotion that comes with every glucose value.
🔀 Some people choose to have some weeks on and off their CGM.
🔇Some people choose to turn the high alerts off.
ℹ️ Sometimes it can be a case of getting used to it as the new normal.
👫 Everyone’s different. Diabetes is a stressful condition for a lot of people to manage without the extra info so if you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you need some support then reach out to friends, family or a health care professional.
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