I just got my A1C results and I saw a nearly 10 percent decrease in my A1C since the beginning of the Freestyle Navigator Continuous Glucose Monitor Trial. When I started I was at a shocking 8.3 and my results were 7.5 after three months. As I have mentioned, it took me a good while to get the swing of how tightly I could control my diabetes with the flood of continuous readings. I also discovered how drastically my hormones affected my blood sugars at minimum of seven days PMS. I ran around 200 for well over a week each month of the trial only to get my alternate basal pattern adjusted to hopefully a good range for next month. So I can only imagine how nicely it would have come down if I had the CGM for another few months.
I've been talking with my Minimed Rep and I really want the Minilink. It appears you can wear the sensor for as long as 15 days (although 7 is recommended), but that changes the affordability factor considerably. Initial investment will be $399 to upgrade my 712 to the 722 pump, then $1,000 for the transmitter, which includes 10 sensors. I am going to work to get insurance to cover this thing and use my own statistics to show its benefit. I am sure they have lots of stats from their own study to show impact on blood sugars and A1C results too.
I have to say, it has been really hard to get motivated to take my blood sugars regularly. My motivation over last weekend was largely fueled by my enthusiasm at the end of the study, but before this study I was not looking after myself like I should(duh, 8.3 my highest A1C reading in 10 years or more). It is so easy for me to turn my attention to my child's diabetes and I almost feel justified in neglecting my own health. It isn't a sadistic thing, I am a mom and we tend to look after everyone before ourselves anyway; with a child with type one it is especially strong draw to forget about yourself.
Anyway, my blood sugars have been really tight when I check, but I trend toward low and don't have a lot of awareness. So, I'll keep drawing blood until I can afford to jump into the CGM with Minimed.