The battery on my Dexcom’s transmitter went from low battery to no battery in what felt like record time this weekend. Now I’m flying blind for the next few days while I wait for a new one to arrive on my doorstep. Thankfully, my experience with customer service lasted all of three emails. To briefly summarize the exchange: “Help”. “Okay”. “Thank you”.
Aside from the usual comfort of knowing there’s a safety net underneath my diabetes management, as mentioned above, the Dexcom CGM has been invaluable in my understanding of how to properly operate this insulin pump. While CGM data isn’t FDA approved for insulin dosing, it’s Christopher-approved for insulin-comprehending.
Without this device, my first weeks on the pump would have included many more sleepless nights worrying about my blood glucose levels than I ended up experiencing. Without the CGM, I wouldn’t have a data-driven validation for the changes I ultimately made to my basal rates and correction factors – on my own.
I can’t help but wonder how others in the diabetes community approached their insulin pump starts. I feel quite fortunate to have the benefit of this technology, and the experiences of my peers as the foundation of my insulin pumping experience. Obviously it’s possible to successfully pump insulin without a continuous glucose monitor, but after just a couple of days I have to ask – how?