So both of our kids are fairly recently diagnosed (Nov '17), and we’d recently decided to move forward with getting them both on a CGM (Dexcom G5). Their mom and I loved the idea of being able to see the BGL on our phones throughout the day, and during the night, and figured the kids would like not having to have so many finger pokes every day. So we gave it a go for a couple of weeks. Long story short, the anxiety/fear that built in our kids when we had to change the site, has made us decide to go back to checking their levels with the finger pokes; since they are much more comfortable with that process. I believe the appearance of, what essentially looks like a huge syringe on their arm, was a much bigger issue for them than the actually pain/pinch when doing the insertion.
We definitely haven’t given up on using a CGM, but have decided to shelve it for the time being. Even though it feels like a million years ago, I have to remind myself that it’s only been 4-5 months since their diagnosis, and they’ve come so far with the whole thing. I don’t feel like forcing more changes so quickly is the best idea. We’ll just stick with what works for them for now.
With all that being said…my question is for down the road, when we decide to approach the whole CGM process again. Are there any tips/tricks any of you have found for easing the anxiety and fear of this, particularly in younger kids (ages 4 & 6)? We’ve shown them videos of kids getting the transmitter put in, our endo has let them look and play with a "sample"version, and explained it to them as best he can on their level. We’ve talked about it with them quite a bit as well. They seem onboard with everything, up until the point they see the big syringe/needle looking thing come out…then they lose their nerve.
Any ideas are appreciated!