The problem with using three-day CGM sensors for six days is that half of the prescribed batch expires before you get to use them. The benefit: I stab myself with that painful* insertion needle less often.
* The word “painful” is used for dramatic effect. It’s not comfortable, but it’s not really that painful. Really!
Sure, I could use them past their expiration date, but somehow they seem to be wildly inaccurate once that date hits; like the date is somehow coded in the sensor’s magical micro-electronics. (Maybe if I set the clock back on my pump). So, a couple of unused, expensive sensors are headed for the trash.
Meanwhile, I got a new batch of insulin sent to me by UPS earlier this week. It was sitting in a cardboard box by my front door. The cold-pack that the fine folks at CVS/Caremark put in the insulated package was completely warm. The insulin might have been ruined (I have no way to know for sure!). I called them up, and they’ll send me four replacement vials of Novolog, pronto. I’ll need to send the old ones back, though, to prove I’m not taking advantage of the system to get free insulin (Hopefully, they won’t send it out to someone else, because they swear it’s still good!). Four vials of unused, expensive insulin are headed for the trash.
I get such a feeling of guilt when this happens — wasting valuable supplies — but when it comes to my health, I can’t take chances. And twice in one week: this week has not been a lucky one for me.
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I hope you all have a Happy Easter, Happy Pesach, and/or a good weekend (as appropriate). See you next week!