When Q was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I felt like I was drowning in numbers:
- blood glucose levels four to ten times a day
- counting, weighing, and measuring food
- carb counts
- boluses for meals
- corrections for blood sugar levels
Several people close to me said that if anyone could handle all the details and data that comes along with diabetes management, I could.
We used our log book, the one with the tree frog, to jot down ten or more numbers a day.
I created an Excel sheet to enter in the data so that we could present it at endocrinologist visits or so that I could fax them to the nurse when her numbers started going out of whack.
I needed the data presented in a clear manner so that I could catch downward or upward trends. So that I could recite our mathematical equations when discussing our numbers by phone.
Half per 50 over 150, except school lunches which are half per 50 over 200. One per 15 at breakfast, but one per 20 at lunch and dinner. 0.30 units from 3 am to 8 am and 0.25 units from 8 am back until 3 am.
(For anyone not entrenched in diabetes management, these are corrections for blood sugar levels, insulin boluses for the carbs consumed at meals, and basal rates of insulin delivery.)
It’s a wonder I can keep this straight in my own mind!
All this data management takes time. Time and energy in addition to that needed to parent a diabetic child, let alone the other aspects of my life: wife, parent to another child, employee.
At our most recent visit with the endocrinologist, 200 miles from our home, the doctor looked at my data print out and asked, “Do you enter this all in by hand?”
“Doesn’t your pump keep track of all this data?”
See that’s the thing, our pump does store data such as basal rates, blood glucose readings, and insulin boluses. I just can’t download it!
Almost every single piece of diabetes equipment interfaces with Windows, which I do not have.
The fact that we’ve blown through the money allotted in our Flexible Spending Account (FSA) with half of the fiscal year remaining and high costs of insulin, test strips, pump supplies, and all the other things we need to properly care for our daughter, it is difficult to justify spending money on a new computer at this point.
The insulin pump has made many aspects of daily diabetes management, well, more manageable. But I dream of the day that I can just plug our pump into a computer, download the data, view the charts, and even print them out for our medical care team.
And I dream of early bedtimes instead of late nights spent staring bleary-eyed at rows and rows of numbers.
With a family life that is often complicated, this is one thing that could be simple.
That’s why I am entering the Simplify My Life Sweepstakes.
The HP Mini with Windows 7 could simplify my life!
Not to mention the fact that it could help entertain my daughter while we are in the car for eight hours in one day traveling to and from her appointments or while we are in waiting rooms.
And it’s so small that it’s won’t weigh us down. We already have enough to lug around everywhere we go!
Leave a comment on this post because they are randomly giving away three HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PCs to readers who leave a comment on entrants’ sweepstakes posts.
This post is an entry in the Simplify My Life Sweepstakes. I do not have a relationship with HP. But I really need a PC to download our insulin pump and glucose meter data.