Libre libre libre!

What an awful blogger I’ve been as of late. I must admit, I’ve been really busy and just haven’t found the time to sit down and write. So for that, I sincerely apologise. However, I’m feeling extremely under the weather today and I’ve had to call in sick at work. But at least this gives me a chance to feel sorry for myself, lounge on the sofa and actually write something. I want to let you know how I’ve been getting on with the FreeStyle Libre!

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I don’t think I’ve previously written about having the Libre, but YES I finally have it! I was initially referred to the Diabetic Specialist Nurse (DSN) to put forward my case and she completely agreed that on the grounds of my job, and the amount I was testing my blood sugar per day, I absolutely should fit the criteria to be eligible. Initially, on the 5th April 2019, I was put on a 2 month trial period which was funded by the hospital. The DSN then submitted my application to my Doctor and the waiting game began. I was told that the Libre would just appear on my online prescription if it had been approved. Believe me, I checked that online prescription tonnes! Eventually, towards the end of the 2 month trial I logged onto my online prescription and low and behold, there it bloody well was! Ecstatic doesn’t quite explain just how elated I was to see that my application had been approved!

4 months down the line and I can definitely say that this little piece of technology is really making a huge difference to my life.

Before I got the Libre I was absolutely desperate for it. It did cross my mind however, that I wasn’t sure about whether I would like something permanently attached to my arm. I’ve never had a pump or anything of the sort, because I use injection pens. So I literally had no idea what it would be like. It was a bit of a worry for me that I could potentially fight for something and be approved and then hate it. However, that definitely has not been the case.

The majority of the time I forget that it’s even on my arm because I literally can’t feel a thing. I’m not bothered about it being on show either and I have gotten the odd comment from someone not knowing what it is. I also definitely clock people pointing at my arm and whispering to each other. Which, to be honest, I find quite amusing. If you want to know what it is, then just ask me!

Like I said, the comments don’t bother me and I’m not conscious about it whatsoever. I wear my Libre with pride, knowing that it’s literally changing my life.

You have to change the sensors every 14 days and the app actually reminds you how long your sensor has left. My sensors stick to me like limpets too, so I don’t have to worry about applying anything over the top of them to hold them in place.

For anyone who doesn’t have a Libre, you really need to fight for it. It’s insanely intelligent equipment and it opens you up to whole new avenues of control. I love the fact that I can scan my Libre sensor with my phone. It makes it so accessible and I always have my phone on me, which is extremely efficient. You can choose not to have it on your phone and just use the reader, but for me using my phone is so much easier.

The main function of the Libre that I have found extremely eye-opening is that it displays a graph of your readings. Whenever you scan it and it gives you your BG reading, it has an arrow next to it to show you where your blood sugar is going. For example, if I scan my sensor and I see an upwards arrow, I know that my blood sugar is likely to go quite high. I can therefore do a correction injection and stop it from going as high as it would have done, therefore cutting off the spike. It works exactly the same way with preventing hypos too. You can stop it from happening before it does.

Obviously the Libre hasn’t made my diabetes an easy ride, but it’s definitely contributed positively towards my overall control. Now that I’ve got it, I wouldn’t want to go back to finger prick testing for good. Since having the Libre too, I’ve managed to get my HBA1c down from 7.5% (58mmols) to 7.1% (54mmols) which has been my best HBA1c since I was diagnosed! It’s still not perfect, but I’m definitely moving in the right direction.

 

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