So I had an Endo appointment today.
I thought I had prepared well for it. But Now, Im not so sure anymore.
Last time I met my new endo, she had mentioned to me that I should get on a CGM. At the time, I said I wasnt ready and wanted to wait. Since our last appointment, I have most definitely changed my mind, and I am now OH so ready for a CGM, ( but not for a pump yet).
Now, my understanding (from preparing for our appointment) was that CGM wise, there are only really 2 (good) choices out there (if you are not using a pump): Freestyle libre and Dexcom G5/6
one of the cons for Freestyle is that it doesnt have any alarms if you are hypo, it’s more like a passive system and to get your reading, you must swipe the reader to the device, and it then downloads your blood data to the reader. It also needs to be swiped within 8 hours (that it holds only 8 hours max of data) So if you are going hypo in the middle of the night, it will not give you an alarm, but in the morning when you swipe, it will show you you went hypo overnight.
Now, her understanding is that Freestyle does have hypo alarms and you do not need to swipe at least once every 8 hours.
She also called Dexcom G6 the “Guardian” and when I asked her to confirm we were talking about the dexcom’s CGM and not the medtronic pump’s CGM, she said it was the same thing. (and she also had a slip of the tongue and called dexcom, Medtronic…
so, im really confused, because I am pretty techie, and I looked into dexcom and freestyle quite a bit, and I thought I had a pretty good understanding of how they both work, (and their pros and cons) but maybe Im wrong (or maybe freestyle libre 14 works differently than 10 and I just missed that part.
Im still hoping that when I get contacted, it will be for a CGM and not a pump…
thanks for any clarifications.