{Our Story} Dream Diabetes Device

by Leighann on June 13, 2012

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
  • Mac-compatible

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!)

*Medtronic Disclosure

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara June 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

We are currently on the road to pumping (We all – the kid especially – really want the Omni Pod). Our first info night was last night and to be honest I am scared that something will go wrong but there are thousands if not millions on pumps right now in the world and the likelihood of something malfunctioning scares the life outta me.

With that said, our (my) dream diabetes device would be:

Integrated CGM device with wireless pod (like the Omni Pod) and tests for you so no more finger pricks.

Ideally no management PERIOD! Let it would do the work for you and change it every 3-5 days. If you put the range that you want to be in, it makes you stay in that range. Regardless of what you eat.

Able to have “an app for that” no matter what pump you are using.

Similar to the one above – Consolidate all into one device like an iPhone. (pump management, glucometer and an app that lets you weight your food right on the phone when you are eating out after taking a photo and having it match it online)

Real time tracking for parents when their kid is at school, camp, play dates, etc.

Waterproof or more than 60 minutes

Universally compatible with Mac and PC

I am sure there are many more things but this is all I could think of right now.


2 Leighann June 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

Of course it’s a bit scary to try something new, especially if shots are working for you now. Pumping isn’t for everyone, but our family thinks it’s the best fit for us. There’ll be a bit of a learning curve, as with all things diabetes. But you can do it!

We liked the OmniPod because the insertion is really quite simple and there aren’t a lot of extras to deal with like insertion sets, tubing, priming, etc.

Good luck with whichever route you choose to go!


3 Sara June 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm



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