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We all love to go to them. We laugh and have fun with family and friends. The LAST thing we want to be worried about is what our blood sugar may be doing that could be a potential party-pooper for us. So what do we do?

Well, for me, I like to turn on my extra safety net. Predictive Alerts. They’re like, a safety net within a safety net. A double layer of protection along with a CGM. (Why do I feel like this is a Zip-Loc commercial?[Thinking of the double-zipper and the un-frostbitten meat.]) Do I still have to check my blood sugar? Of course! CGM use is never a replacement for fingersticks. Let’s just think of a couple of scenarios where the Predictive Alerts could help.

1. The unmeasured serving.

Ok, how many times have you gone to a party and pulled out your measuring cups and weight scale to measure each ounce of food you have to completely and accurately measure your food with? I can honestly say that I don’t know that I ever have. (Except last Christmas when I was SO uptight due to my new-found pregnancy.) None of us want to add those to the list of things to carry around, not to mention I’m sure it would turn a few heads and lift a few brows if we did so. So, we have guides to kinda help us swag it {see: SWAG – n. The art of guessing one’s decision based on what we’ve known to be true or right in the past.}, like a cup of rice is the size of your fist sort of deal. Well, I don’t know about you, but some fists are bigger than others. Mine were much larger at the end of my pregnancy. Does that mean I got to eat more rice? Nope. With the predictive alerts enabled on my pump, I know that if I’ve missed the mark with blousing, my pump will let me know if it “thinks” my sugar is going to be too high or too low before I actually am. Then, I can confirm with a fingerstick and take whatever action I need to fix the situation.

2. The forgotten snack.

So, you’re planning on snacking with your buds while chatting and catching up. But one of them pulls you aside to look at something outside or in the other room, or something of the sort. Or, you bolus, but you get so wrapped up in the conversation that you forget to eat all together. By setting a low threshold predictive alert, it can be sort of like a reminder that hey, you’re dropping because you didn’t eat that snack you planned for.

3. The hidden carbs.

So, just like the unmeasured serving, or guestimated serving, if you’re not the one doing the cooking, there can be lots of hidden carbs that you don’t think are there that can cause you to go high. For instance, my brother-in-law cooked butterbeans for one of our Thanksgiving dishes. As I was fixing my plate, he looked over at me and said, “Now, I added a little bit of sugar to them, so… just so you know.” Not everyone is going to be like that, but not everything you’ll be eating will have a nutrition label for you to check either.

You never know what the holiday parties are going to involve. You also never know what foods you’ll be encountering. And using the predictive alerts is not going to guarantee that you’ll not go high or low at all, but as I said, it’s there like that extra safety net, giving you a heads up of what’s going on – before you hit a threshold. That way, you can confirm with a fingerstick and do whatever you need to do (eat some carbs or take a correction, for example) to head off that high or low BG and then get back to spending time with your family and friends.


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