Friday, June 22, 2012

Fun Times with Dex-y.

So today I had a salad for lunch and didn't bolus.  Then I went outside and floated in my pool.  (Yes, my life is hard.  So rough.)  I was out of range from the dexcom for about an hour.  When I came back in, and grabbed it, after a minute or so it told me I was 381.  I was like "Dude, I guess I should have bolused!"  (Yes, I talk to myself, but no, I don't usually call myself "dude.")

But my meter said 163.  Usually at this point I just swear shrug and recalibrate, but today I wanted to see what would happen if I just let it ride.  Would the dex think I stayed high?  Would it eventually figure it out?  Would I just get some ??? (I HATE those question marks more than a rational person should.)  and is a "sensor failed" in my future?

So far, I have lots of double down arrows.  Apparently I am dropping like a lead balloon. Round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows.  I am really enjoying staring at it constantly.  I may need psychiatric help.

In other Dex news, does anyone else's have a split personality?  During the day, it's accurate, happy, and on track with my finger pricks. (Present time excepted).  However, at night, it goes rogue.  It wants to wake me up constantly and tell me I'm in the 30's.  Having learned my lesson, I do not treat based on cgm readings.  So the other night when it read "LOW", I determined that I was very coherent for being so close to death, and I did a finger prick.  116.  I entered that in.  Dex got all offended that I thought it was so off, and demanded a second reading.  Second finger prick yielded a 123.  Ha. So it capitulated and said 115.  After that, it kept waking me up telling me how sky-high I was.  I decided to ignore it.  I woke up to a 278 on my cgm and a 120 on my meter.  But that day it was happy to comply.

It often thinks I'm tanking at night, or soaring.  I think it gets lonely on my nightstand or under my pillow.  It's very needy and needs lots of attention, and apparently is willing to do anything to get it.  (It's kind of like Bella from Twilight that way.)  It's gotten to the point that I ignore any low alarms, unless it says under 55.  Then I will check, but I'm usually just fine.  During the day, I always check when it alarms under 70, and I'll usually be.......under 70.  So I don't know what's up with that.  The nighttime numbers are the ones I really wanted to see, and now it's all Mr. Hyde at night, and well, whatever. 

It's probably me.  I must sleep in a very peculiar manner.


  1. I only ever had those issues when I was pregnant because of the rapid fluctuations in my blood sugars. Your night time numbers could be more jumpy than in the day time and it just throws your dex off...frequently.

    P.S. I hate when you enter in your blood sugar which is 105 into your dex that is telling you it is 395 and you get "sensor failed". If it doesn't come down to normal on it's own, I will sometimes enter in a number that is somewhere in between so that it doesn't suffer catastrophic electrical hemorrhaging and then an hour later enter in another new one. It usually works, but sometimes it doesn't :(

  2. Interesting! I wonder if my sugars are wonky at night. It's certainly possible. And that is a good trick with the re-calibration. I'll have to try it.

    I never did a sensor failed, it just dropped to where I was.