Yeah, yeah. I know, I know. Diabetes Blog Week was eons ago.
I became crazy busy that week and didn’t get beyond the Tuesday post. But I wanted to circle back to this topic…
Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary. Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be? Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?
This is an easy one. Well, I guess it’s easier said than done, otherwise this device would already be on the market!
My fantasy diabetes device would combine features from a number of devices already on the market.
First of all it would absolutely have to be a patch pump (an insulin pump without tubing). We love our OmniPod and after having a patch pump for over 2 and a half years, I just really can’t see wanting one with tubing. I’ve been in this internal debate during our CGM trial* because the Medtronic Revel is a combo pump and CGM. I’ve asked Q if she wants to try it as a pump, but none of us like the idea of tubing, being constantly attached, and all the extra steps that seem to be involved in priming the pump, etc. Plus summer is coming up and I would hate to disconnect while she’s splish-splashing.
It would have an integrated blood glucose meter (BGM) with strips that are accurate. I like that our pump’s PDM knows what her blood sugar is when we test and takes that into consideration when calculating. But I also want strips that have few errors. I’ve tried out many, many other BGMs and I take issue with the large number of fill errors that we manage to get with strips that fill on the end, rather than the side. There is NOTHING more frustrating than having a large drop of blood at the ready and wasting a strip because the finger tip was touched with the strip. Children are MOVING TARGETS.
I’d also like an integrated continuous glucose monitor (CGM). We are really liking the information that we get from the CGM. The first patch pump/CGM combo to come to market will definitely have our attention. That being said, is it so hard to come up with a sensor insertion device that isn’t medieval and doesn’t FREAK my child out? One of the things we have come to love about the OmniPod is that you NEVER see the needle. It’s so easy to insert and there is no FEAR FACTOR.
I’d love for blood glucose readings to upload to the cloud. Not that I need to keep tabs on my d-kid every minute of the day, but as she’s getting older we are trying to give her more freedom. Seeing her BG’s on an app on my phone or being alerted by e-mail if she tests and is low would help me give her more freedom.
And, oh my gosh, can we PLEASE start making all diabetes devices Mac-compatible. Is that asking too much? I want to see the data. I don’t want to log by hand. In fact during our CGM trial I didn’t log at all because I could download it and see the graphs. I’m not looking forward to logging again, but it’s a necessary evil.
My dream diabetes device:
- Patch pump
- Intergrated CGM that is easy to insert
- Integrated meter with accurate, easy to use strips
- Data on the cloud
Q’s Dream Diabetes Device
Q immediately knew what her device would be. See for yourself:
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Read more “Fantasy Diabetes Device” posts from members of the DOC who are participating in D-Blog week. (Though mine was too late to make the link list!)