If you live under a rock...
The basics, ins and outs and conditions of a Freestyle Libre are over here or you could learn all about Flash Glucose Monitoring by clicking this.
Now I saw this device plastered all over my Twitter feed and I became increasingly curious as to just how good it is. I needed to know what the hype was about! One visit to Abbott's website and I was sold, as soon as I saw the phrase 'why prick when you can scan', I had a '**** it moment' (feel free to fill in the blanks). I thought you know what, I do 4-10 finger pricks a day, and my fingers are bruised and sore. No finger pricks screamed freedom for me, something I was craving to improve my self management.
The good stuff...
I have to admit having no finger-pricks is awesome, I feel like I'm not testing my BG, it's like something from the space age!
Inserting the sensor I can only describe as easy and painless, I was put off by the sheer size of the applicator, and it did take a lot of force to push the sensor onto my arm..but that's just me being a wus- not the product. The actual sensor is roughly the size of a £2 coin (in terms of width, diameter and height) and is very easy to hide. In terms of ease, I forget it is there. The only time I am careful of it is when I get dressed (because it's just the right width to get caught on my bra - is that TMI?) and when I shower.
Due to not wasting £50, I have avoided getting it drenched so have a one handed shower - now that is TMI, I do apologise!
So to the right you can see how me and Libs spent our first night together ;). On the graph on the handset you can see the post meal spike as I injected after eating - this is lesson number one!
I now have access to huge amounts of data that I simply have not had previously, so it's important that I don't beat myself up over high glucose - I had never seen 80% of this data before! I think that is something you have to be prepared for.
So far, I've had the best couple of days as I have a new insight to my diabetes management, I love creating my #libreart on my daily graph, I love knocking my sensor and remembering how lucky I am. I love the convenience of the Freestyle Libre, I love that Libs is now a part of me. I love the security that this device gives me, I love analysing the data, problem solving every minute. I love how excited my family are about my Libre. I love watching my fingertips recover from 14 years of prick after prick. I love the position I am in, that I can afford it. I love showing Libs off and introducing others to the Freestyle Libre.
The leap of faith...
So if you are sat on the fence about this technology, do yourself a favour and take the leap. Yes it's expensive and it is a big change, but my god is it worth it! I keep thinking why didn't I do this years ago?! It's a no brainer.
On average, a Libre costs £2 a day to run, which in my opinion is 100% worth every penny. I'm not over exaggerating when I say this device is changing my life as well as my general outlook on my diabetes.
Just a quick shoutout to the GBDOC on Twitter, especially Adrian who has answered my every query and was my final kick up the bum to click the 'checkout' button ;) So thank you for sharing your experience, Mr Libre.