May 15, 2018: Tuesday Thoughts

  • Such a rainy ride home! The lightning streaked across the sky in silver flashes.
  • I have so many tasks to take care of for work, but I’m so exhausted at the end of the day. I was going to take care of a task after my shift finished, but the storm changed that.
  • I began my new Freestyle Libre cycle. The numbers continue to be different between the sensor and the classic glucose meter, but I don’t mind checking through both outlets. It gives me a good comparison. And something to bring up when I see my diabetes specialist later in the month.
  • The Buffalo Watch in Readington Farm is approaching! I hope it doesn’t rain that day, since last year it rained out.

April 20, 2018: Weekend and Freestyle Libre

Friday morning, and already I’m looking forward to 6pm. After work me and Andy are heading out to dinner to celebrate his birthday. It’s tomorrow, but birthdays falling on the weekend are really good, since you have plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Tomorrow we’re going to meet some good friends from college for Andy’s birthday dinner. I just need to contact someone to make sure she has a way of coming to Readington, since we would need to come get her if she doesn’t. I need to get in touch with her about that, since we haven’t spoken in a couple of days.

I’m beginning the third month of my Freestyle Libre reader. I’ve found that as close to the mark it’s been on my glucose levels, it’s way off line in the last day of the 10 day duration. I’m not sure if it’s just part of the way the sensor works so you can switch it accordingly, but a few hours before the duration ended it was off by over 100 units. I’m truly thankful that I kept my glucose meter test strips!

March 9, 2018: Friday Morning Thoughts

Today it’s back to work after a couple snow days. I’m very thankful for the extra time off, since I got the chance to finish up some tasks that fell behind. I also got the rest I truly needed this week. Given that I have classes this weekend which requires me to wake early, I really needed the extra rest before then.

I began my second 10 day duration of my Freestyle Libre, and the difference in readings compared to my regular finger stick glucose readings is large. The first day (yesterday) in the morning began at a hundred point difference. By the evening it dropped down to 40 points. Hopefully today the difference will be much smaller. Since I return to the center today, accuracy in readings would be very helpful.

 

March 7, 2018: Using the Freestyle Libre

I officially ended the first 10 day duration of the Freestyle Libre glucose reader. I discovered that I still need to check my blood sugar before meal times; while the Libre automatically records my levels every 10 minutes, there might still be a difference in the reading right before I eat. I’ve noticed that when I check my sugar using both the Libre and doing my finger-stick test at the same time, there’s always a 10-20 unit difference between the two devices.

I do enjoy that I no longer need to worry about checking my sugars in between meals. In the past I needed to check my sugar 6 times on some days, since I had feelings of low sugar episodes. I usually couldn’t check my sugars in between meals at all, during busy work days in the classroom, since I couldn’t request time away from the classroom until my break came around. I usually just took glucose tablets to be on the safe side, and hope that didn’t cause it to run high. Now with the Libre, I can scan the sensor quickly whenever I feel like I needed to, and I can immediately take care of low sugars (if there was an episode).

My readings are also saved in detail during the 10 day duration. It’s nice to view my digital record of the Freestyle Libre on my laptop. It shows all patterns revealed during the 10 day period, as well as each time it records my blood glucose.

So today I begin the next 10 day duration. I need to wait 12 hours for the sensor to calibrate before I can begin using it regularly, so I need to check it the regular, finger-stick method until then. Although I still use the finger-stick method, I am thankful that there’s a device that limits the guesswork of low/high sugar episodes. Having your blood glucose record available to view digitally is also pretty useful.

February 24, 2018: Brunch and a New Device

This morning Andy and I met up with good friends in Caldwell at the Cloverleaf Tavern. Meeting up with them was relaxing, and we had a fulfilling brunch that consisted of doughnuts and White Stout beer. We always heard great things about Cloverleaf Tavern, so it was wonderful to finally check it out.

When we got back to Hunterdon County, I picked up the new Freestyle Sensor my doctor prescribed for me on Wednesday. It’s a glucometer attached to your arm, and instead of daily finger pricking to register sugar level, it reads by scaninng your sensor. Because it’s covered by my insurance, I decided to try it out. So far there’s the lingering sensation of a disc attached to my arm, but I’ve been told that I would get used to it.