Later this year it will be time again for me to start looking at new insulin pumps. It is not something that I am looking forward too because I hate to part with our beloved Cozmo, the Lean Green Pumping Machine and there is just no interesting pumps out there at the moment. Since the pumps won't be what attracts me, I began to think about the continuous glucose monitoring part. Is this something that I should be looking at?
The idea of real time readings has an appeal. The concept of still having some general data when my son fails to test has greater appeal. The fact of yet another gadget attached to my son 24/7 has no appeal to either of us but safety is my greatest concern.
I thought about being able to sleep at night in relative comfort. The Continuous sensor would give me an idea of whether or not sleep was an option for that night. This really appealed to me until I thought about it a little more. Currently we are using a CGMM at night--a continuous glucose monitoring Mother. It works quite well (knock on wood). My son has never had a seizure. His guardian angels have always managed to wake me up at just the right time when he was low at night.
I don't sleep anyway so perhaps the CGMM is the way to go until he is older and thinking about leaving home. The plus to this system is of course the cost. I don't think our provincial plan will cover sensors or a system. I know my son's father would not be happy to have to pay for another diabetes expense. This does not help monitor him during the times that he is away from me, but I have gotten pretty good at setting higher basal rates for when he is gone.
The more I thought about a CGMS vs CGMM, the more other things began to float through my head. For over eleven years I have been using the CGMM and thinking I was doing well. What if a CGMS showed that I was missing a tonne of lows? What if it showed that I was doing a horrible job as a pancreas and putting my son's life at risk on a regular basis? Instead of alleviating stress, it would increase my stress level (something I really do not need).