Numbers, Lines, and Readings. Oh my!

Well thankfully the bruise is fading. It is still there but it is fading.  On other fronts, Disneyland just turned 54.  Hard to believe it is that old. Uncle Walt’s dream is doing well.

Now onto other things of the “pacreatically challenged” nature (i.e. Diabetes). So every week I upload the data from my pump, meter, and cgms to the Carelink siteon MiniMed’s site. It is a site that takes all of that data and massages it into reports, graphs, and charts that you can use to see how your Diabetes care is doing. I used to look at these pages and pages of reports and wonder what the heck I was going to do with all this information.  Thankfully I have an endo now that helps me make sense of all this stuff so I can take better care of myself and kick Diabetes in the butt. I uploaded today and I noticed something, my cgms does way more than I thought it did. Just look at this little snippet from the last week. Mind you, just 7 days.

CGMS Stats

CGMS Stats


While I checked my blood sugar with this one meter I use most of the time 114 times in a weeks time, my CGMS checked my blood sugar a whopping 3,430 times. 3,430 times! I just can’t fathom how many test strips that is when I think about it, not to mention the blood and pin pricks to get said blood. After 20 years with this disease I have to say this amazed me. Technology is a wonderful thing. I also have to point out that I kicked butt this week with an average of 134. Growing up I would kill to have an average like that. Ok, not kill but you know what I mean. That is another reason why I love my CGMS, it just gives me so much more power over my Diabetes control. I can glance at my pump anytime of the day and instantly see what my blood sugar is. For that I will happily have this little dohickey taped to my stomach.

On another note, one report I love to look at is the graph of my sensor readings over time of day. It gives me a good indication where I still need to work on things and where I am hitting my targets. Like this one


Oh yeah, graph it!

Oh yeah, graph it!


As you can see, some days are better than others. I have always had issues with my mornings and my evenings. I’m working on those right now. Tweaking settings and such. That is the beauty of the pump. But the line that I LOVE to see is that dotted line. The Average. Why? Because most of it is in the green area which is my self imposed “this is where I want to be for better control” area. When I see that line stay mostly in that area I know that I am doing something right. If it is out of that area I know that I need to make adjustments.

That is one thing I am learning day by day, not only with Diabetes but with life itself. Adjustments are part of life. You adjust to not eating as much sugar anymore. You adjust to your job. You adjust to buying a home and not renting. The list goes on and on. There are many days that I hate, I mean really HATE that I am diabetic. But then there are the days, like today, where I don’t mind it at all. I’ve adjusted to it. If I can adjust to Diabetes I think I can adjust to anything that I need to. Aren’t we all trying to keep our dotted lines in the green zone?

About 1setatatime

Born and raised in San Francisco. Lived in SoCal for 11 years and have moved back to the City by the Bay. Type 1 Diabetic since 14 and still going stron!
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