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Calibrating CGMS

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by funnygrl, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. funnygrl

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    I know a CGMS calibration takes 15 minutes to take effect. I also know it's best to calibrate while stable. After calibrating, do you wait 15 minutes to eat?
     
  2. PatriciaMidwest

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    Yes, or longer if you can. I prefer to calibrate outside of meals all together.
     
  3. selketine

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    Hmm....we try to be stable and on the lower end of the "good" range but after the cal is done he often eats - I can't tell that messes with the cal - this is for the Nav though.
     
  4. emm142

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    I eat less than 15 minutes after cals sometimes. Not fast acting sugar, but normal meals which don't have an effect on my BG in the 15 minutes a cal takes to have an effect. I use the MM CGMS, and my accuracy is generally good.
     
  5. hawkeyegirl

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    We've found that unless the meal is super high-glycemic, it's okay if he just waits 5-10 minutes to eat. I try to do 10 minutes, but when it has been 5, we've been fine too.
     
  6. Mom264

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    With the first cal of a newly inserted sensor I wait at least 20 minutes and I try to keep it low glycemic. Every cal after that I have her wait at least 10 minutes -- also, we prebolus anyway so the wait doesn't seem so long.
     
  7. Darryl

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    Yes, we also try to wait 15 min. before eating.
     
  8. Connie(BC)Type 1

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    I calibrate when it tells me to, this week it's just after I drink my breakfast at 5:50 a m , and an hour before I cook supper
     
  9. swellman

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    We have found that it doesn't really matter, which is consistent with what Dexcom has told us. We enter BG every time it's off more than 10 or 15% and have had wonderful results. Personally, I think it has everything to do with the sensor. Right before vacation last week the receiver lost vibration so I had them FedEx the new one to the resort. So, last week we had two sensors. We kept the new one as primary and entered BG every time over 10-15% and the other one when it was in range I would enter BG every now and again. They were both tacking really well and in agreement with one another.

    FWIW. I have reached the conclusion that accuracy has almost everything to do with the linearity and reproducibility of the sensor and very little to do with calibration.
     
  10. Flutterby

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    we tend to calibrate whenever..we don't wait to eat.. unless there is something funky going on.
     
  11. Wendyb

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    We always try to wait out the 15 minutes. I do think it helps with the minimed system.
     

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