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I was actually putting off getting out of bed this morning but also wanted to get started too.  The only thing holding me back was my stupid nerves. I wasn’t nervous about actually inserting the sensor, I was nervous about doing something wrong (stupid I know, especially in hindsight).

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I got everything out on the sofa and looked through the manual, again, about inserting the sensor. I put a brand new battery in the transmitter, switched on the receiver and then noticed the lightening symbol and got the manual out yet again. Panic time (again!!). My first thought was “oh no its not working”.

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Ok, so Jason said I could contact him if I had any questions. So out comes the phone and onto the Twitter app. I had a quick response saying I needed to reconnect the transmitter. I have no idea how and so I send another question. Right don’t be silly Nic look through the menu and hey there it is, easy lol.

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Reconnecting…

"Problem" solved!!

“Problem” solved and ready to go :D!!

Ready to go…

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Ok, so area on my tummy chosen, cleaned and ready to go.  All I need to do now is to ‘STOP SHAKING YOU STUPID HANDS!” (that was me talking to myself at the time :D).  I’ll try my arm another time, with these stupid shaky hands I think I’m going to need 2 hands today.

Ok, 1, 2, 3, go! (and yes I did count 😀 )

and go!!!

In position…

and go!!!!

and go!!!!

I heard the click and felt the sensor go in, nothing to really worry about.

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A small bleed, but it soon stopped.

A small bleed (reassured again via a Twitter message) , but it soon stopped.

My shaky hands didn’t help much when attaching the transmitter. I didn’t notice the click as it connected so I sent a photo and another question via Twitter & was told its fine and to check that the hour glass was on the receiver, it was and so I’m good to go. Just needed to wait for the first calibration in an hours time.

Count down to first calibration.

Count down to first calibration.

Here we go, first calibration.

Here we go, first calibration.

Not the number I really wanted to see but I think the self induced "stress" has helped a little. :D

Not the number I really wanted to see but I think the self induced “stress” has helped a little. 😀

That's 1 hour and 2 hour calibration done.

That’s 1 hour and 2 hour calibration done :D. Next one in 8 hours time.

So far today’s numbers have been pants, (way above the grey shaded target area). it’s highest so far 16.9mmol at midday.

Now (3.45pm) it’s at 5.8mmol and dropping. Watching it could become quite obssesive.  So far the best thing is knowing which direction my BG is going.

In real life I’m pausing this blog & will continue “My first day with a CGM” later.

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Only 10ish minutes later and the CGM vibrated to let me know of a projected low.

Predicted low.

Predicted low.

Next came the 10 hour calibration and the readings are not far apart.

10 hour BG calibration.

10 hour BG calibration.

CGM reading moments later.

CGM reading moments later.

In real time again now (9.18pm) below is the last 10 hours. As I said above it didn’t start too well, after a very late breakfast. You can see where the predicted low was and I was able to prevent a possible hypo (yay!!!).

First 10 hours of use.

First 10 hours of use.

Below is since my evening meal until very recently. I’m liking this one :D.

Since last meal this evening.

Since last meal this evening.

One thing for me to remember is not to forget to take the receiver upstairs with me instead of leaving it on the arm of the sofa, oops.

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Thanks for showing interest in my very first day with a CGM.


I woke rather suddenly after a dream before 6am. Because of the dream and the sudden wake up I thought “am I hypo?”. So I fished my meter out of my handbag and my meter told me that my BG was 6.8 to my surprise.  I tried to settle back down but all that kept running through my head was that the sensors for my CGM (new to me, but very generously given to me by its previous owner Jason who I was put in touch with, via Twitter, by Dave) [ In real time 12.10pm – I heard a knock on the door whilst typing this up…THEY’VE ARRIVED, the sensors have arrived!!! Just need to wait for hubby to come home in a bit with some new batteries, I also sent him a gentle reminder.]

So lets go back a little, to the 12th March. I was just flicking through Twitter when I came upon a Tweet by Dave, which you can see below and my nervous/cautious/excited reply …

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Thankfully, for me, no one had “beaten me to it”.  Details were passed on for delivery to me. I did panic a little at first thinking I wouldn’t be able to buy the sensors but soon got over that with encouragement from Jason (thank you very much for that).

I rang Abbott, who asked me to ring back once I was in possession of the CGM and they said they would register it to me, but for now they took my details so it would be easier to process once it had arrived.

The CGM arrived on Tuesday (posted at no cost to me, as the Tweet above says, a very generous man).

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I then rang Abbott back, registered the CGM and ordered the sensors.  I was told that they would arrive the next day, it all went very smoothly.

As I was unable to sleep this morning, which was annoying and very unfair as I’m already enjoying my Easter break, I thought I might as well get up, take a closer look at the CGM manual and have a look on Youtube for some sensor/CGM videos. Which I did find & watch. I have to admit I am now a little more relaxed (for now) about it all after watching how easy it is to do. I suppose my main concern is messing up the sensor and needing to replace it. Hopefully this concern will be totally unfounded.  Jason has offered to be on hand if I have any questions (I have asked a couple already), which is reassuring.

So here is today’s delivery…

My precious!!

My precious!! 😀

and the text I then sent to Allun…

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Hurry up and come home now Allun!! 😀

To be continued…



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