Trying my first continuous glucose monitor (CGM) this weekend! Come to me Dexcom!

On Sunday I will be hooked up to my very first continuous glucose monitor (CGM), the Dexcom by Animas.

As the time winds down, I’m starting to get antsy. I just want it on me already! My one week trial has come at the perfect time. I’ll be heading into week 2 of my half-marathon training. Here’s what the week will look like running-wise:

 

It will be interesting to see my bg’s during my short and long runs. Will it help me prevent lows? How will it feel on? So many unknowns.

You better believe I’ll be putting it to the test for every activity I love.

And although I’ll still be testing with my meter, it will be nice to see my levels on a screen all the time, all day…

 If the word “Errday” puzzles you, click here

for a week! Full report later.

Happy weekend all,

Jessie

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13 Comments

  1. I have never tried one of these and will be interested to read your impressions. Rock on with your training! That is some serious mileage (kilometer-age?). 🙂

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  2. After a week on the Dexcom, you’re not going to want to go back. Trust me 🙂

    As for your running – holy moly that’s a lot of mileage. Better you than me honey.

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  3. Out of curiosity, how did you manage to get a Dexcom trial? My diabetes education centre has never heard of it (seriously) and I’ve spent fruitless months trying to convince my insurance company to cover the cost. I would love to try out a CGM, even temporarily (fellow runner here) so any leads or tips would be much appreciated!

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    1. Hi lb,

      Ah Riona beat me to it. She would be the person I’d ask about the trial. I’m in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and have the opportunity to do a full week trial.

      Glad to hear you are a fellow runner!

      I’m not sure if you read my site frequently but I test quite a lot. When it comes to running I try to test every 30 minutes. If I have a low I do test 15 minutes after treating and continue the process until I go up to a good level. So although it’s terrible, I act as my own “slow acting” cgm during training.

      For me I must eat before a run/bike or cycle or I will surely go low. I find for long runs I wear a hydration pack and put in eLoad and slowly sip on that. The steady stream of glucose keeps me quite level for the duration of my run. I’m going to be trying some other new things to avoid lows and I’ll blog about them definitely in the future. Any other questions do let me know. So glad to connect with other runners.

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      1. Thanks for the info!

        Exercise and diabetes is a non-stop learning experience for me, even after almost 10 years with type 1. I’m hoping a CGM will help give a little bit of extra clarity, or at least some extra confidence.

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