It has been a little while since I updated this blog but I’m back! After a tough finals week at the end of the semester, a trip to California, Florida and Maine (I’ll post about those trips later) and a new job, I am finally able to catch up with things at home, including this.
I am still wearing my Dexcom, more consistently than ever, my mom (type 3) still has the share app, and it was very very helpful to us, especially when I was traveling a lot, having a different routine and being in different time zones. But it has been a little different now that I am back at home. Sometimes there is no need for the share app when we are both at home because I just verbally communicate my blood sugars to her. But none the less we still use the share app. We’ve started using it in a different way now. Sometimes I do not always hear the alarms on my transmitter, but no need to fear because my mom has alarms set up in the app on her phone. So her phone alarms when my blood sugars are out of range, she’ll then ask me about it and then I’ll find or look at my Dexcom and make an action to tend to the number.
It was actually really helpful the other day. We were on mile eight of a ten mile bike ride the other evening. We were finishing up strong and all of a sudden my mom’s phone on her arm band alarms. She didn’t have to stop and look at it, we just knew by the sound that I was low which was helpful because I hadn’t heard the Dexcom in my fanny pack going off. Without even getting off of our bikes and stopping I acknowledged the alarm and had a glucose gel and on our way we went. Together, with the Dexcom Share feature, we were able to catch a low before I needed to stop and rest because I was too low to go on. Now that was a success.
However, I would say the one not so successful part of the Dexcom share app is the capability of the Bluetooth. Many times it just will not work. Every time I leave Wi-Fi and switch to 3g or basically go from one location to another the Bluetooth will lose the connection. When that happens, I have to go into the app, and touch the little monster mascot to reboot the Bluetooth. Doing this multiple times a day can be very annoying and when my mom just wants to casually look at my blood sugar, there is no number there because the Bluetooth on my end isn’t working. Then she texts me. Not even about a blood sugar but about the app connection.
I can’t wait for the day when I can go from place to place, Wi-Fi or not, and the Bluetooth will continue to connect, that way I know the emoji eyes she sends is about the blood sugars and not about the connection.