Hi, everyone! How is your week going? Mine is going ok! But I’ve been specially excited to share with you my new amazing tool! I got the Freestyle Libre! And if you don’t know what this is, let me explain!
The FreeStyle Libre provides ‘flash glucose monitoring’ with glucose readings provided by scanning a sensor rather than pricking your finger. Basically, I have a sensor in my arm, in which there is obviously a needle, but it does not hurt when putting it and it stays for 14 days. A whole lot better than pricking my fingers 6 or 7 times a day! It works very similarly to a CGM, providing graphs of how your sugar levels have been varying. The sensor is waterproof in up to 1m of metre for 30 minutes, which means I obviously take shower with it and can swim too!
Within the 14 days of usage, the sensor allows you to scan the sensor with the handset which sends data of your sugar levels over the previous 8 hours to the Libre system’s handset.
When I scan, I don’t only get a glucose reading but can also see whether my sugar levels are starting to go up, down or are stable (there’s an arrow every time you scan). In terms of hypos, particularly over night ones, the fact that the Libre allows me to review graphs of me sugar levels whilst I was asleep means that I can see that if my sugar levels have been trending low over night.
The FreeStyle Libre Sensor represents technology that is much less intrusive than traditional blood glucose monitoring and makes glucose testing hassle-free.
This isn’t a life changer for us diabetics, but it is an important tool to help us live better with diabetes. For the 11 days I’ve had it, I can say that I’ve had a much better understanding of my diabetes, of my lows, of periods of stress, and most importantly, this has made my days a lot easier. In 1 second, I measure my levels and carry on with my life. And I can measure any time I want. It is that discreet! I can do it over several layers of clothes too. Have you ever heard about this? Do you use it too? I am extremely lucky that here in France, this is 100% reimbursed, which doesn’t happen in many other countries!
Happy feeling Libres, catreaders!