On Thursday, June 13th, Kay had her first appointment with her endocrinologist. I eagerly anticipated this visit, hoping it would bring new opportunities, provide a wealth of knowledge, and alleviate some of my anxiety. (One can hope, right?)


I was grateful my mom could accompany us to this crucial appointment, as having an extra pair of hands to help keep Kay occupied was invaluable. However, our plan to keep her entertained didn’t quite work out. We endured a lengthy two-hour wait in the room, and by the time the doctor arrived, Kay was understandably restless. In fact, we all were. Hungry but eager to hear from the doctor, I did my best to focus on everything being said, while also remembering the key questions I wanted to ask.


Despite the appointment not going exactly as planned, and forgetting a few questions, I was relieved that Kay left with a Dexcom device! The Dexcom is designed for people aged 2 and older with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. It is typically worn on the back of the upper arm and continuously monitors glucose levels day and night. The sensor lasts for up to 10 days before needing to be replaced.


For Kay’s first placement, we decided to try something different. Worried she might tamper with it if placed on her arm, we chose to position the Dexcom on her glutes. Being a new device for her, I wanted to reduce her curiosity and the urge to interfere with it.


The Dexcom has significantly eased my anxiety. Now, I can check Kay’s glucose levels anytime on my phone and receive alerts if her levels are too low or high, or if they are changing rapidly. Although I still wake up frequently to check her levels, the device has provided me with a much-needed peace of mind amid all the challenges we face.

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