I am so excited to report all about our first two weeks using the Dexcom CGM. But first I have to tell you about how we almost lost it. Yes, already.
A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) has three parts. The transmitter and sensor connect to each other and are attached to your body. The receiver (below) is separate and can be carried in your pocket or put in a case and worn on a belt. It’s about the size of an iPod touch.
Tuesday, our school had a two hour delay because of the cold weather. Even with the extra time, it was still chaos in my house when Benny left for the bus stop. That’s when I realized I hadn’t taken one last peek at the Dexcom. Did he have it on?
I didn’t see the receiver in the house, but I couldn’t shake the feeling, so I texted our wonderful school nurse. She confirmed, no CGM receiver, but Benny was sure he left the house with it. So where was it?
At this point, I was at work about 30 minutes from school and home. Slade walked to the bus stop and back. He looked in a few obvious places at home (under the bed, in the hamper, by the computer) but held off the urge to turn the place upside down.
Finally after an hour that seemed like a week, transportation staff found the receiver on the bus. The angels sang and no calls were made that day to insurance companies or diabetes supply groups! Slade drove down to Charlotte to pick up what we assumed would be a case with a broken snap.
Nope, turns out the snaps are fine, the case is fine. How did it come off? No idea. Of course, now we’re double checking the snap when Benny leaves the house (he’s thrilled) and I’m looking into a backup case or two.
How’s the actual CGM working for us? I’ll have a full report soon, but I can say we all love it so much that we hated not having it for just a few hours. Who’s coming up with the “find my CGM” app? We’ll be the first to sign up!