I love my CGM. About 95% of the time it is accurate and it really helps to review trends and see where adjustments need to be made. I have become so dependent on it that I couldn’t imagine my life without it. With that being said, sometimes it REALLY annoys me. I have my high/low alarms set up and every single day of my life I go outside those lines and I get a nice alarm. Sometimes I get an alarm because it has lost my sensor. A lost sensor alarm happens way more than I’d like, especially overnight. Both types of alarms are annoying. I thought I’d make a list of the five WORST timings for the alarms to go off:
- When it’s not accurate – I can’t stand when I get a low alert when I’m not low. This luckily doesn’t happen too often but it’s so annoying when my CGM is telling me something and I test my blood sugar and it just isn’t the case. I can usually tell based on how I’m feeling that it’s not right but it’s still annoying when it happens.
- In the shower – I disconnect my pump when I shower and usually leave it on the sink. The CGM can still reach my pump so I will get the low/high alerts when I’m showering and I have to wait until I’m done to silence it, unless I want to get it wet!
- When I’m driving – For some reason my CGM likes to wait until I’m driving on the interstate to start alerting me to a high (luckily it’s never low when I’m driving). It will go off and because I keep my pump in my pants, it’s hard to reach with my seatbelt on so I just have to listen to it go off over and over until I can safely pull over or stop to silence it.
- Overnight when I’m trying to sleep – ARGHH this is one of the most frustrating alarms, especially with a baby! The past 8 months have been a struggle to get a full night’s sleep. I’d blame my son but for several months he was sleeping through the night and it was my CGM that would wake me to tell me I was high. I still had my high alert set for 140 mg/dls from when I was pregnant. Postpartum my blood sugars have been averaging around 180-190 so I’m always over the 140 threshold, hence my CGM goes off a LOT. About a month ago, I did finally increase my high threshold to much higher but that also coincided with when my baby started waking up every hour so I haven’t gotten much sleep.
- When I am nursing baby to sleep! Without fail, my CGM would wait until I was nursing my son to sleep to go off, and my pump was ALWAYS on the side that I was nursing on, making it difficult to silence the alarm. I have had WAY too many close encounters with my CGM almost waking my son. One time, my CGM even went off when I was going to put my son done in the crib, a very careful hand off that was almost ruined by the alert. I have no idea why it doesn’t go off right before I started nursing but it has happened just way too many times. Luckily, I am sleep training my son now so no more nursing to sleep but goodness that was the most ANNOYING and frustrating thing ever!
When has a CGM alarm gone off for you that’s really bugged you?