A trip down memory lane
Knowledge is more than power, it is freedom. — Steven Cuoco
Hello friends! Happy to see you here again. We are reaching the end of the year and there are so many exciting things to look forward to! It’s also a time to celebrate because I just hit my 4-year anniversary of being on #TeamFreeStyleLibre. I remember that first day so clearly - I was nervous to put on the first-generation FreeStyle Libre sensor, I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, and I thought I would knock it right off. So many worries and “what ifs”.
The real kicker was putting it on a few days before Thanksgiving. I had never worn a continuous glucose monitor before because I used ole fashioned fingersticks. While fingersticks were not ideal, they got the job done …kinda. Fingersticks let me know what my glucose levels were at THAT very second and not much else. I was excited to go into Thanksgiving with a tool that gave me an abundance of knowledge and access to so much more than I was previously used to.
I’ve gained so much by having access to my glucose numbers 24/7. That Thanksgiving, I must have scanned my first-generation FreeStyle Libre sensor a million times. Okay, not quite a million but you get what I’m saying. I saw the predictive arrow going straight up after I underestimated the mashed potatoes. I knew I was steady and ready to bolus before attacking the pumpkin pie. I watched my levels party with me on our first holiday together.
Flash forward 4 years to today. Now, with the FreeStyle Libre 2 app*† it’s easy1 to check my glucose readings, anytime‡, anywhere§. Right on my phone*, I get access to features such as my daily graph, daily patterns, time in range, average glucose, and MORE. I feel better equipped than ever to manage my diabetes with confidence. And not only do I have access to this information, but my endocrinologist does too through the LibreViewII¶! He has such a wide view of what diabetes management looks like for me day today. Before, he would make estimated guesses based on maybe 3-4 manual fingersticks# with no additional context. Together we can really be a team and use all the data to make changes that benefit my management.
I think about the girl 4 years ago who was nervous to start the first-generation FreeStyle Libre system and then think about who I’ve become today with my FreeStyle Libre 2 system. What I have gained from the little white sensor on the back of my upper arm is immeasurable. I know myself and my patterns so much more than ever before. I feel like I can conquer the world.
Thanks for being along on this ride with me. If you want to try a FreeStyle Libre 2 system for FREE**, click here to join the MyFreeStyle Program: www.myfreestyle.us.
Until next time!
Disclaimers and References
* The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.
† Medicare coverage is available for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system if a smartphone with the FreeStyle Libre 2 app is used in conjunction with the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader to review glucose data. Medicare coverage is not available if a patient never uses the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader, and patients must meet other applicable coverage criteria. See Local Coverage Determination: Glucose Monitors (L33822), July 2021 and Local Coverage Article: Glucose Monitors (A52464), July 2021. As a courtesy to its customers, Abbott provides the most up-to-date information available, but it is subject to change and interpretation. The customer is ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes, coverage, and payment policies for individual patients. Abbott does not guarantee third-party coverage of payment for our products or reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third-party payors.
‡ Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading.
§ Sensor is water-resistant in up to 1 meter (3 feet) of water. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes.
II The LibreView data management software is intended for use by both patients and healthcare professionals to assist people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals in the review, analysis and evaluation of historical glucose meter data to support effective diabetes management. The LibreView software is not intended to provide treatment decisions or to be used as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
¶ The user must be connected to data services for glucose data to automatically upload to LibreView.
# Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol in the first twelve hours.
** Eligible patients will receive one (1) FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor (for users with a compatible mobile phone operating system) at $0 copay. The expiration date of the voucher is 60 days from the issue date. This program is not available for patients with gestational diabetes. Only patients 4 and older are eligible to receive an offer for the FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor through their parent or guardian. This offer is void where prohibited by law. Abbott may modify or rescind this offer at any time without notice. The discounts are not available to beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid or other federal or state healthcare programs or residents of Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and other US territories. The free FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor is provided as a sample and is limited to one NDC per eligible person. The FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor cannot be re-sold, traded nor submitted to any third party payer for reimbursement and is not provided as any inducement for future purchases. The free sample card is not health insurance.
1. Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care.
Important Safety Information
Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 2 system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or https://www.freestyle.abbott/us-en/safety-information.html for safety info.
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