I love technology. I absolutely love it when it applies to my life and makes things a little easier. For example, the invention of iCloud has helped my family calendar run so much more smoothly. Or should I say, has helped my husband to not double-book us or overlook an important date…
When it comes to diabetes technology I am fortunate enough to access pretty much anything that I desire on the Australian market. So when I got the opportunity to try out a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, (CGMS) for the first time, I thought all my Christmases had come at once. I clearly remember sitting on the couch with my pump sitting on a cushion next to me; one eye on the television and the other on my graph. I simply couldn’t believe that I didn’t have to
guess do a finger prick to know what my blood sugar levels, (BSL’s) were doing. What a relief. What a gift. And what fun I had with all that data!
What I didn’t think was possible was to stumble across another system that was superior to the CGMS…
While wearing the CGMS I managed to maintain near-perfect fasting blood sugar readings. So I was quite surprised one morning when I woke up to find that my levels were through the roof and I, (and my husband) had managed to sleep through all of the alarms alerting me to this. So I spent the next few minutes scrolling back through the data to find out where things went pear-shaped.
And my heart jumped into my throat.
I had been sporting an “undetectable” low BSL for over two hours during the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately for me my body had kicked in and pulled me out of it. And if my fasting BSL was anything to go by, my body overdid it by a country mile.
Then I got to thinking. I remembered having several dreams about being a CSI Agent, like on the television show. At one point we were all sitting around a big boardroom table discussing the latest case, and my pager kept going off…
Hold on a minute! Could that have actually been my pump that was alarming?
In my dream, I kept cancelling the page because we were talking about far more interesting stuff like blood spatter, time of death and unidentified DNA left on the victim’s body.
Oh dear. Maybe I was actually snoozing the pump alarms.
To this day I still don’t know what caused that low overnight, and why my husband or I didn’t manage to wake up to any of the alerts my pump was sending out. All I know is that my body managed to override a system which I considered to be far superior to anything I’d known. And all just so I could keep dreaming about being a CSI Agent.
Fortunately for me my body still saved me.
My best accomplishment yet is that my body saved me that night.
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