Well it seems like we just barely had Syd's CGM in. We try to have her wear it once a month or so. It checks her sugars every 10 seconds and gives 5 minute averages so we can see what her sugars are doing. It helps us see trends in her sugars so we know where to fine tune her basal rates (small amount of insulin she gets each hour to keep her sugars in check). A bolus is the insulin she gets when she eats. We can download great graphs that help us decide where we need to make adjustments. It can be a very useful piece of equipment when it is working properly. Sometimes it doesn't have a good "stick" and it doesn't read the numbers well...but hopefully this is a great one--I'm feeling optimistic.
Anyway we wanted to try a new site for Miss Sydney and decided to give her arm a shot....literally ha ha ha. I was a little unsure because it is a large needle but we attempted the venture because Sydney is really limited with her fatty tissue and where we can put all her diabetes gadgets over and over. She is just a thin little girl. But it worked really well! She cried up to the insertion just because she was nervous with the new site but it numbed up nicely and she didn't feel it and so far it seems to be reading her levels fairly accurately! Yay! Here are a some pics of Sweet Syd with her CGM.
P.S. I realized there might be some confusion because of an email I received....I want to clarify that this is not her insulin site which she does wear 24/7. The CGM is like a helper but not a necessity. She wears it about once a month for a week. The insulin site is a necessity. CLICK here for a pic of her insulin site or sometimes called an infusion set. Just wanted to clarify that there are 2 different doo-hickys that work to keep Syd healthy. :D
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