Thursday, June 13, 2013

Now You See Her, Now You Don't

Bean loves to swim.  Like, loves  to swim.

Even before she really knew how to swim, she loved being in the water.

In fact, the first time we went to the beach when she was a mere 18 months old, she ran full tilt towards the ocean.  Yeah, fun times!

But I digress.

Last summer, we put the girls in swimming lessons in preparation for our trip to places that are hot enough to have swimming pools.  (I won't mention FFL because it makes me sad that we aren't going this year.  But, again, I digress.)

Since we were in the summer session, we were able to be on the wait list for the school year lessons and we got the call in April that there was room for them....yeah, it's a popular and hard to get into program!

We have continued into the summer session and Bean is doing great.  Bug, on the other hand, STILL won't put her head under the water....ugh!

So, now that we have a ridiculous amount of back story, on to the point.....

Bean uses the Dexcom G4 Continuous Glucose Monitor.  We call it Wilma.  She's amazingly wonderful for so many reasons.  However, she doesn't seem to like the water as much as Bean does.

We get spotty, at best, readings from an unobstructed (unless you count the water) five to ten feet.

reading about halfway through the lesson

six minutes later
um...where'd she go?

duh, Wilma, she's right there!

one minute later
oh...there she is!

Yeah, good times!  Especially when Wilma has had no trouble in the past picking her up from a good one hundred feet away in an auditorium.  Sure, there weren't any people in the way, but I was in the back row of the mezzanine and she was on stage...far, far away!  And, yes, I am freely willing to acknowledge that that instance is totally the exception, not the rule, but COME ON...she's RIGHT THERE!!!

Now, since the lesson is only 30 minutes and she tests her BG before and after, it's not really a big deal that Wilma isn't keeping up with those 6 or so readings.  However, it stresses me out when I know that swimming can take a pretty hefty toll on her BG.

see what I mean?!?!

Thankfully she doesn't always crash like that!  Most of the time she holds pretty steady, with just a small dip that tends to even out nicely.  But, not always...obviously.  It is D and exercise and constancy isn't a strong suit for D in that area!!

And, honestly, if this is Wilma's 'issue', I can live with thirty minutes of spotty coverage twice a week!


  1. WOW - we haven't seen that with our Dex (G4) with Zane's swimming lessons - but I agree, its so spot on usually - I guess we need to let him (ours is a him - yes it has a gender) be off once in awhile, but not when your BG is 40!! Ours was off big time the other morning - Dex said 187 steady and he was 350 GULP (at 6 a.m.)!

  2. We have the exact same problem when Elise swims. Thankfully, we don't do a whole lot of it, but it's a pain when it happens!

  3. Alexis told me that Justice was having the same problem and I didn't believe her. In my family's pool it worked just fine sitting about 30 feet away safely in the shade. But sure enough at Alexis' house my same CGM would not give a reading! Figure THAT one out!

  4. Crazy how 30 min. without readings can be so nerve-wracking, huh? Oh, right - BGs can do crazy things inside of 30 minutes! Sheesh. Sorry you guys had that big drop!


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