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September 28, 2010



Thank you for that window into your life, Cyborg Woman. It was very interesting.

Bernard Farrell

Has this had much of an effect on your A1C value? Mine dropped dramatically the first six months on a CGM, after that it's a struggle (mostly because of me) to keep it at a 'reasonable' level of between 6.5 and 7.0. At least that's what I think is a good level.


Bernard, I've had a big improvement in A1C values with the CGM: mine dropped from the low 7's to the low 6's during the first 6 months I used it. (I'm not trying to push them any lower because I don't want to spend all my time skating over hypoglycemia.)

Personally, I think there are two really good things about the device. First, its alarms: before the CGM, I wouldn't find out that my blood sugar was too high or too low until I did a blood stick -- and I'd have no idea now long I'd been there. The alarms at least give me fair warning that something is going wrong. Second, the constant stream of trend data that the CGM displays is really helpful. It's helped me tweak my basal rates to maximum effectiveness, and I've also learned to recognize the long slow rise that comes with an occluding pump. Again, if I have a way to know that something is going wrong, I have the ability to do something about it before it gets worse.

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