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MyDario…A new toy!

Dario diabetes management tool
Dario diabetes management tool

A month or so ago, I came across this really interesting looking meter.  I sent my son the link and asked “what do you think?”  His response was, “I need one. You should get me one.”

I laughed. I don’t exactly have the power to get him every new meter that comes out as easily as I once did.  Back in our earlier years of diabetes management, glucometers were pretty basic.  Asking a rep for a new meter was not a big deal because they wanted your test strip business.  Today many meters are now small computers.  They analyze trends and do all sorts of tricks.  This means that they cost a lot more money than they once did.

Cost or not, a new meter in our little world of diabetes has always been a big deal. Needless to say, I was really excited when I received the press release from Auto Control Medical stating that they were launching the meter that we had looked at!  Auto Control was the distributor for many great diabetes tools like the Cozmo insulin pump and the Cleo infusion set. It was therefore not surprising to see them involved with another cool innovation.

After a few emails, I was able to set up a time to chat with a representative from Auto Control  and get the details on this new toy  glucometer.

According to the press release, “the Dario Diabetes Management Solution is a compact all-in-one system that helps people with diabetes monitor blood sugar levels and proactively manage their disease using their smartphone or tablet…Approved by Health Canada, Dario connects via headphone jack to turn a mobile device into a glucose monitor, and comes equipped with a lancing device and test strips to take blood samples on the spot. It provides the diabetes patient’s real-time and historical blood glucose data to spot patterns, recommend treatments and support behavior changes. Its web interface also makes it easy to get upgrades and share health information with healthcare providers and loved ones.

As an all-in-one system, Dario combines a lancing device to obtain a blood sample, a proprietary disposable test strip cartridge with 25 strips, and a glucose meter that’s driven via the user’s mobile device. Unlike conventional glucose monitors, there is no carrying case or batteries to replace, and the system works on both Apple and Android devices.” You can see why I was excited about this new technology!

Compact system with meter, lancing device and  strips all in one spot
Compact system with meter, lancing device and strips all in one spot

After speaking with the Auto Control representative, my enthusiasm didn’t wane.  Not only was this meter compact, like my son’s beloved iBgStar, but it would not become obsolete or require me to search high and low for new adapters when he upgraded his cellphone.  Dario’s patented technology allows the user to plug the meter into the phone jack and you are good to go!

The Dario offers data sharing (great for nosy parents like me!) and is extremely feature rich according to Auto Control.  I was told that app updates will make this meter much more customizable than the competition. By updating software through apps, the meter should also have more longevity and not become obsolete before you have finished the first 100 test strips.  I haven’t had a chance yet to download the myDario apps yet but I was told that users are free to download and play even before purchasing the meter.

Yes, you do have to purchase the meter but again, the meter is less than some comparable products.  The current retail price is $39.95 but some short-term offerings are being made to help reduce the cost.  Please check with your pharmacy or www.mydario.ca for the exact details.

The Dario diabetes management tool has a meter, lancing device and 25 strip container in one small location. It uploads to most smartphones and offers detailed carb counting applications similar to those found on some smart insulin pumps. It has a standard warranty program and offers replacements on a case by case basis.   The meter and test strips are covered by most private insurance companies and will be added to provincial formularies in the coming months.

The next step for us will be to test it out in the real world.  My son got his wish and will be having a Dario delivered to him in the coming weeks.  I have told him that I want a full review from him on what he thinks about this new meter.  I will also be downloading the app from the MyDario site and seeing what I think of things from that end.  I love new diabetes toys!

 

 

 

Verio IQ..our opinion

At the beginning of the school year, our diabetes nurse suggested that we try out the Verio IQ meter.  She thought it was really “neat” and very teen friendly. I watched and watched to see if it was going to be given away free with test strips.  I know how many strips we use in a month so I was hoping that there would be some sort of an offer made…but there wasn’t.

I had a contact with LifeScan that I could ask for a sample of the meter. I have known him for years and he knows that we test a LOT but I had long since lost his contact information despite seeing him only a few months before.  I really have to be more organized!

I was forced to listen to stories and drool at the thought of playing with a new toy…until the George Canyon Heroes Tour! My luck changed! LifeScan was displaying “OUR” meter!! Better still, they were giving them away! I happily went away with a new white Verio IQ meter and of course the rep’s business card to be able to keep in contact.

My son, as I have mentioned, has inherited my love of new gadgets. Its the benefit of life with diabetes–cool new stuff! He began using it sooner than me and based on the fact that it is now his meter of choice when he is home, I am thinking that he likes it.

The first week of use was a learning curve for us.  Part of the problem is my son is male–in my experience this means that he does not believe in reading directions. He will figure it out on his own.  This meant that for at least a week, we had no idea how to turn off the meter and he would let it go off on its own causing the battery to die very quickly.

I finally decided to check out the meter myself.  Note to self, 3am is not the time to try out a new meter. Joel had shown me the amazing light for this meter so I was certain that I could test completely in the dark.  I could open the test strip canister without a light on in the room. I could use the light of the meter to insert the strip, to lance my son’s finger and get the exact right amount of blood. You can see where this is heading right? Yes, to complete disaster!

The light was incredibly bright but when I opened the strip canister I grabbed multiple strips rather than one.  The extra strips found themselves scattered all over the floor…and did I mention that this was 3am? I finally got a hold of a test strip and tried to put it in the meter.  It didn’t work.  I had two strips in my hand.  I got rid one and tried again.  I put it in upside down.  The light had turned off on me and things were not looking good. When I finally had the strip in and blood on my son’s finger…well there was not enough blood for the strip. I gave up!

I decided to learn in the light of day.  I would be prepared next time around. Despite my stumblings, my son kept using his meter and marking off his tests as before or after meals. He was a little disappointed that there was nothing to indicate that he was stressed when he tested. This was an option he found and used on his Contour USB

I was impressed at how easy it was to read the history.  At a glance, I had a great view of his tests for the day.  With a click of a button, I could see where the meter saw trouble spots.  It was great! I have to admit that I haven’t bothered to sit down and log because when he exclusively uses this meter, its all there. It tells me trends and I can make decisions based on what was going on during that time frame. Its great!

Our rep told me that the meter can be uploaded to some online software at One Touch.  I haven’t tried it. I am not great at that sort of stuff. Perhaps if he chooses to use the Verio IQ for school next fall I will have to check it out so we can sync data from the two meters. I never thought I would stop logging with paper and pen but I will say that this meter is beginning to convert me!

Strips on the floor

The Verio IQ is definitely a meter for those who love gadgets.  Its great for night testing as the backlight is amazing! Its actually a front light that lights up the strips and the space in front of it. The downside, I do have a hard time grabbing test strips at night and think that anyone with dexterity issues may find this a problem.  I also find that these test strips walk more than any other we have seen. Perhaps its the fact that they are gold and they have a superior attitude but they can be found anywhere at any time! It amazes me.

The Verio IQ is definitely a keeper! We love it and will definitely be using it to spot trends over the summer and possibly beyond.

Our Review of the Contour USB

At the pharmacy a few weeks ago, the woman behind the counter asked me if I had tried the Bayer Contour USB meter? We hadn’t. I wanted to ages ago but they were never free so we didn’t bother with it. She suggested that my son might be interested and to talk to him about it before we ordered our next stock of strips.

I took some information home for him to look at. It seemed strange to think of him as making the decision regarding his diabetes tools but he is growing up and has to like the tools he uses.  Not surprisingly, when I asked if he wanted to try a new “toy” he jumped at the idea.  We have been meter collectors for a number of years and are always searching for just the right one. His meter of choice has been the One Touch mini and he is eager to try out the new Verio but for the moment he was set to try the Contour USB.

Eventually I remembered to ask for the free meter when ordering our strips.  I brought the Contour USB home to him.  I never opened the box. I didn’t read the instructions. I just passed in onto him. He took the box to his room and emerged hours later.

“Well?”

“It looks pretty cool!”

A few days later, I took the meter to review the data. He was still using his One Touch at school but was playing with the Contour when he was home. I could not figure out how to turn the thing on let alone find the auto log.  My son, on the other hand, could easily get it to work and find whatever data he wanted.  I decided that I would try to see what was happening on the computer instead.

This weekend, I finally took the opportunity to try to use the meter myself.  It turns out that it is a lot easier to put in a strip and get it to work than it was for me to search its history!  This meter was easy, light weight and had great back lighting.  I was pretty impressed. As it was calculating, it asked me if I wanted it to note that is was “before a meal”, “after a meal” or “just a random test”.  It did not leave the screen until I made a choice but as I was deciding, it had already figured out his reading! It so neat! The reading was large and bright–perfect for a woman who rarely wears her glasses at 3am when testing.  The best part was that once I had seen the reading, I pulled out the test strip and it shut down!! No buttons to hold. Nothing! Just power down. 

I asked my son what he thought of the meter? He again said that he really likes it. I still find the strip container a little bulky and the strips are large despite the small amount of blood you use.  Despite that fact, so far it seems to be a pretty neat device! We will be downloading later today to see about getting the “full effect”. 

Its scary how little diabetes gadgets can add so much to our days!

The Lost Test Strips

It was recently that time of year again…time to clean out our diabetes supplies.  What once was able to fit in a drawer was now taking up a drawer, a roll-out tote, and underneath of my youngest son’s bed.  This had to stop.  I had no clue that he had supplies hidden in all of these places and was no longer sure as to what supplies we had and what we needed.

We found boxes of Cozmo reservoirs, a few different types of infusion sets, his very first meter, a Polar bear meter holder, way too many lancing devices and enough lancets to keep him going until he is 100.  We also found test strips that were about to expire.  There was no way I was going to waste these strips.  This was $100 and many people can’t even afford to buy them.  The strips would be used at home until such time as they were gone.

My son was fine with that. Like his mother, he loves trying out new meters.  This meter was far from new but since he hadn’t used it in a few years, it was new to him again. The novelty quickly wore off.

“Mom, this meter takes FOREVER to read!”

“How long is forever?”

“15 seconds! Can you believe that? This is crazy!”

I started to laugh! My son was far to used to the immediate gratification found after a five second countdown.  He did not remember the days of his first meter.  Thirty seconds seemed like an eternity and yet I remember back then knowing how lucky we were, the previous generation of meters had taken 60 seconds to show results. 

Despite the “long” wait, he continued to use the old strips.  A few lows and bad sites meant that it did not take more than a few weekends for the 100 test strips to be used up.  I must admit that I had been spoiled too. A few nights of having to wait for those extra 10 seconds did seem like forever.  Nonetheless, it still was not as long as waiting 30 seconds and wondering if your toddler was asleep because he was tired or passed out from a low. 

I love technology!

Its the bird’s fault

Last night was a lazy night after a busy week.  We were getting ready for some popcorn on the couch and my son was testing his blood in his room. Suddenly I heard a huge crash! I went to see if he was still alive.  He swore he was and that he had just tripped–no big deal.

I trusted that all was okay and headed back to the popcorn and a phone call to my mom.  As I was on the phone, my son calmly shows me his glucometer…1.3(23).  I tried not to panic as I followed him into the kitchen, told him to drink that juice pronto and sit down for heaven sakes!!  I ended my call and continued to watch him as he sat in the living room.

“Are you okay? Do you feel that low? Are you sure you are okay? Do you really think you are 1.3 or do you think its meter error? Are you okay?”

“Yes Mom, I am okay.  Yes I think I am low but no I don’t feel that low, just low.”

“Do you think that the meter is wrong? Should we check?”  I am praying for 15 minutes to pass quickly and am mentally reviewing where all of the glucagon kits are just in case.

“I’ll grab another meter to retest.” 

My son came back with his AccuChek Nano and attempted to put strips for his Bayer Contour meter in it.  I explain that its not going to work and fear that he really is as low as the meter said! We got out his LifeScan meter and test on it  as well as the Contour that had produced the 1.3.  He was back in range and the meters had similar readings.  Larry was shocked that he was back in range that quickly.  I explained that there still could be meter error in the 1.3 reading but my son had also just chugged back two big glasses of orange juice before sitting down in the living room.  The aggressive treatment most likely stopped any further drop and brought him up nicely. 

As I worked to breathe again my son explained that the 1.3 was not the first reading he received when testing. The first reading just said “LO”.  What the?????? Holy crap child! There went my breath!  “LO”  and he was still walking?!? There had to be a mistake but still “LO”!!!??? Holy Hannah!! I think that there was a reason that he only told me that little tidbit after he was back in range.  He knew the panic that that would instill.

Once again, I tried to get back into recovery mode. My son was fine. He had not seized. He was back in range.  This has not happened in his sleep.  All was good.  I finally asked him to help me to figure out how this had happened.

“Do you think that you messed up a carb count? Is your basal off? Do you think it still was meter error and you weren’t nearly that low?”

“I was probably at about a 2.9 (50) rather than in the one’s.  I think the problem was with the bird.  I think he scratched out the wrong number.” 

I looked at him and began to laugh.  “The bird?” 

“Yeah, the little bird inside the glucometer.  You know? The one that takes the blood, figures out the reading, scratches it on a card and then it appears on the display screen.”

I was weak from laughing. Larry thought we were even more strange than normal.  I tried to stop laughing long enough to explain.  “Remember the Flintstones? All of their “electronic” devices had little birds and creatures inside that were really doing the work.  He figures that the bird inside the glucometer made a mistake.” 

Larry got it but still thought we were crazy.  I was amazed at my son’s insight and ability to completely change the mood of the evening.  I can still see that little bird in the meter. Larry told my son to get a new bird.  I just wonder where I managed to get that kid!

More than we use toothpaste

After complaining yesterday about having to begin to search for a new insulin pump and the lack of new technology, I figured that I really had to add my two cents to the DSMA July question of  “What improvements of adjustments would you make to current diabetes technology?”
Years ago, I had the privledge of attending a diabetes conference in Edmonton.  At that time I was shown some amazing new technologies.  I looked at a pump that was simply a chip.  It was about the size of a small Post-it note.  Inside the Nano pump was the insulin a person required and the mechanics of a normal pump.  The device would have a remote from which you would bolus and program. It looked amazing and I waited for it to appear on the market…and I waited. I have seen similar prototypes. I have seen the Omni pod but none of them were close in size or design to this new pump.

Looking for a new pump today, I see nothing that excites me the way new Cozmo technology has done it for me over the years.  When I first started pump shopping over eight years ago, Cozmo led the way in bells and whistles. It had alerts that were second to none, but I quickly learned that a person wearing a pump with alarms simply turns off the alarm without paying any attention to what it was for!  Well maybe not everyone but my son definitely did.  I suggested that pump companies allow the pump to zap rather than beep or vibrate.  I felt that the shock may stimulate my son to properly respond rather than ignore. I am still waiting for this feature.

Manufacturers seem to now feel that the pumps they have will do, despite not reaching Cozmo standards I have been told. Their focus now is integrating CGM technology.  Here is my first big complaint.  Our first pump was funded by family and supplies were paid out of our pocket.  After a lot of lobbying, pumps and their supplies are now covered for my son in this province.  CGM technology is financially out of my reach. Manufacturers, if you want to make some changes then please make technology available for everyone no matter what the size of their wallet or their insurance plan.

New glucometers, however remain in the budget of the masses for the most part now. They are often offered free with 100 test strips. Honestly, for the companies who are not doing this…I spend over $400 per month on test strips. I think that more than covers the cost of your meters over the course of a year. Please continue, or start, to offer all meters at a reduced (or free) cost to those of us using your product more than we use toothpaste.

Meters have come a long way in the past 11 years, but also seem to have stalled in technology.  They also seem more focused on integrating with pumps…which is not a bad thing BUT when we used the Cozmonitor, I could not keep up with the batteries. They forgot that we test 10+ times per day and batteries have to withstand that.  The idea of an integrated system is wonderful for logging and keeping track but its cost and lack of flexibility led us back on the trail of the perfect meter. Don’t get me wrong, we have gone from a finger covered in blood to a pin drop of blood. We have gone from 30 aggonizing seconds to 5 dreaded seconds. These are all things that are hugely appreciated.  

We still have multiple step Glucagon kits but perhaps because we never hope to use it, we just don’t care as much as we do about our meters and pumps. Insulins have evolved from the unpredictable NPH and the slow regular insulins to rapid insulins and more stable long lasting insulin. This is a huge benefit for everyone.

Technology has come along way since we started on this road, but seems to have veered off on its own track lately.  The move seems to be away from the general masses who have to pay their own bill. My main message…please work to perfect what we can afford and help to bring into our grasp technology that will keep our loved ones safe and healthy for years to come.

Well, that was my July entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you would like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/july-dsma-blog-carnival/  

Roche sent us a new gadget!

About a month ago, a gentleman from Roche approached me and asked me to view a collection of videos that they had on Facebook and YouTube. They were testimonials from six Canadians living with diabetes who had tried out their new glucometer, the AccuCheck Mobile. The videos were interesting accounts of people, young and old, who were living their lives as normally as possible and testing using this new meter. 


Having lived by the motto that a child with diabetes is a child first and diabetes comes second, the videos did not offer us a lot but they were a great portrayal of life in general.  I had no problem sharing the videos both on my website and then my Facebook  page. I was however personally curious about this “strip-less” meter.  


Roche obviously knew that many of us who live with diabetes are gadget junkies because I was offered a meter to try out and see what we thought.  I love free and I really love free diabetes stuff so my son and I were eager to check this meter out.  


His first ever meter was a Roche meter.  I was not overly fussy about its accuracy and we eventually moved on to try other meters from different companies.  My son however always liked Roche.  When the AccuChek Compact came out, he was their biggest fan.  I still had reservations about its accuracy however and so we did not continue to use that one either. 


Before our new meter arrived, I decided to see if others had ever heard of this new meter and what the general consensus was.  People had heard of it and there were a variety of responses. Many did like the no strip feature (I was still trying to wrap my head around this).  Others liked that everything was kept together.  There was a group that had issues with accuracy and found that it had too many errors because blood blocked its sensor.  This had been a complaint of mine on the Compact as well. Blood on a glass that had to be cleaned often because a young boy liked to put enough blood on a test strip to feed a vampire for a week. I wondered how the Mobile would work for us but was not overly optimistic. 


It took a little while but we eventually got the meter.  Two hundred tests later, my son and I sat down and discussed our likes and dislikes about the new AccuChek Mobile. 


We both loved that fact that there are no test strips! It uses what appears to be a strip of paper (I know its not paper but that’s what it looks like to me).  The blood is applied to it and a reading happens.  This is awesome! No test strips in the car, in the bed, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in the garden, well you know the routine. 


My son loved the fact that it was self contained.  He loves just grabbing the meter and going.  For me, this means that I don’t have to remind his to grab his meter, lancing devise and test strips. Its all there. 


He also thinks that all of the features are “cool”.  You can note when the readings took place (before/after meals, etc).  It has a great memory display and gives you averages for days or overall. I am sure that there are a lot of other features that I have yet to figure out. There seems to be a lot in this meter.


We both liked the fact that readings were very easy to see. The brightly lit screen is definitely user friendly and at 3 am I really appreciate that. 


The fact that it uses AAA batteries is also a huge plus.  As frequent testers, battery life is not always what we would hope so knowing that we can throw a regular battery in there and go is fabulous!


There were a few problems that we did find though. 


We would love it if the test strip section also had a back light. 


We were disappointed to find out that our multi-clicks lancets did not fit this new meter’s lancing device.  I have a box of 100 canisters that are no good to us to use with this one. 


Being more technologically challenged than my son, I found that it took me a bit to figure out how to turn the meter off. It turns out that there is a lengthy process you can go through moving through the onscreen menu or you can simply hold the big black button down for a second or two and it powers down. 


We also found it a bit noisy as it changes strips.  My son thinks that this is actually a positive but I am not so sure. 


A much bigger issue was the fact that we had randomly appearing “E3” errors.  We still have to look up to see what that error meant but at 3 am, when you get three of those errors in a row before a reading…well its annoying.  


He also had one test that appeared as 1.0mmol (18).  I asked why he was so low and then the next reading, just minutes later was 16 (290).  It turned out that the 1 was with no blood. It just decided that he had applied blood and guessed a reading.  My son said “I guess it guessed wrong!” Despite that error, I have not found the meter to be overly inaccurate.  It seems to be in keeping with how he feels as well as with readings on other meters. 


All in all, I personally would give this meter a three star rating out of five. It works well enough, takes a bit to get used to and the lancing device issue is annoying but it seems to be a good meter.  My son is a bit more generous. He loves this meter and is waiting for me to get more test strips for it.  He gave the meter a four star rating. He hates the random errors but the other features definitely make this a meter that he wants to keep using. I may have to see about getting a second one for school in the fall.

Where has all of the new technology gone?

Is it just me? Have I been in the game too long? Am I no longer in the loop like I once was?

This year brings our 11th anniversary of living with diabetes. Not nearly as much fun as a wedding anniversary but its better than the anniversary of my son’s death.  When we first started down this road I was steadily finding something new.

We started on a “new” rapid acting insulin–Humalog.  Soon after, there was Novolog (or NovoRapid for those of us north of the US border).  After that we saw long lasting, peakless insulins like Lantus and Levemir.  We were the first patients that my son’s doctor ever prescribed Lantus for and he was pumping at the time (Mom wanted to have some “just in case”).

We started on an AccuChek meter that required at least 30 seconds to read and people were grateful for this “speed”.  Soon meters were showing up that required 15 and finally 5 seconds to read.  The blood required was no longer a vial per test but a pinhead sized drop.  It seemed that every week there was a new and better meter to try. 

Insulin pumps were also changing on a daily basis.  Smart pumps were coming on the market and everyone was getting into the game.  There were four companies at least to chose from and everyone wanted your business so they each had features that made you take notice.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring was still something done with hospital equipment and a blinded machine but the GlucoWatch and rumours of more were coming.

Fast forward to 2011–We are still using the same meter we have had for the past three years.  We have the same pump that we started my son out on 8 years ago (it has upgraded slightly) and fear when we have to look at a “new” pump because it will not be as good as the current “Green Machine”. There are three CGM systems available in the US but none of them are within reach of those of us without insurance.

We are fortunate that our province has an insulin pump program and as long as we live here (or until my son turns 25) he will have his pump and supplies covered.  They also will cover his rapid insulin because it is a must for his pump.  CGM systems remain a dream that must somehow become a reality before he heads off to university but that is a few years yet thankfully.

So am I out of the loop? I know that there are OmniPods and talk of micro-pumps have been in the works for well over five years but these things are not new and no longer excite me.

Am I just getting bored or not spending as much time researching as I once did? I looked forward to the advances in technology.  New meters were collected and used with serious scrutiny. There were better insulins and everything seemed to be moving forward at a breakneck pace. 

Today things seem slower.  There is still “cure” talk but I have grown calloused to such chatter. There is work on closing the loop but again, its not now and its not something I can put my hands on.  

I miss new gadgets and things that made me think that I was doing better by my child. 

My ideal glucometer

I am quickly going out of my mind. I know its a very short trip but I have been going through an ongoing battle with my son and I am losing it.  I am the logging queen. I must see numbers, readings, activity and food written down.  I want to get a visual with a pen. I want to be able to make marks and notes all over the page.  I want to look, calculate, examine and make decisions based on what I can see on pages of paper.  


My son is not a logger.  He is fine with testing, bolusing and will most likely grow up making changes based on what he knows or remembers.  He is much more relaxed and casual about such things.  This means that when Mom requires data to be written down its a battle of wills. He will put things off for days and days.  When he does finally sit down and start to copy information down he tends to miss a lot and take hours and hours to do.  My nerves get fried.  Life goes downhill fast. 


I have decided that maybe a great meter would be my answer.  I am getting bored of the meters we have.  We have a Contour but I don’t like using it at night because there is no backlight.  My son likes it because there is no coding and I admit that is a great selling feature for me as well.  I loved our Freestyle meters but they went through batteries so quickly.  The Nano allowed us to mark readings as post-meal or pre-meal readings but their awesome lighting also is a drain on battery power.  There is the Ultra Minis.  They come in awesome colors but again I have problems testing at night with them and hate how they suck up blood.  Someone suggested going back to the Ultra Smart.  I am thinking about it. It allowed us to input all sorts of great stuff. It had cool graphs that might work with my son. You could put in carbs and exercise.  The downside was it does not allow for the extra small bolusing that smart pumps now do.  I don’t know. I think someone should create a wonderful new meter for control freak moms and lax teens. 


The meter would have the “cool” features that make teens text day and night. Instead of texting they would be engaged enough to note bolus amounts and food intake.  It would let moms see trending and make basal or carb to insulin changes.  We would all be happy. The backlight and 3am testing would be a cinch. Batteries would not die after two months of real use.  It would not be the size of a suitcase.  It would not require coding.  Blood would be attracted to it and a small drop of blood would be all that was required. The meter would have great colors to further attract the kids and make parents smile.  They would be unique enough that you would want to take it with you everywhere. You would not lose it because you would just have to bring it along. 


Yep a meter with the appeal of an iPod or a cell phone.  Ah the wonderful dreams! Too bad we don’t have any of these things. Back to fighting over logging and grumbling about meters at 3am. 

Gadgets

I was recently given an AccuChek Nano meter to try out as well as its software. I am old school. I like to see things written down in front of me. Computers crash. I lose files. I want hard data! I have to admit however that the logging break we have taken this summer and just looking at numbers in time frames on a screen does have a certain appeal.

I have had problems getting into the information at times. The set up process seemed to take years. Once I was in, the graphs were easy to read and adding information was a piece of cake. The downside is that I don’t have that information from the piece of cake he may have eaten. There is room but if I had it written down….well I might as well have used a paper log!

This sent me back to thinking about one of our old One Touch meters. It had everything…carbs, insulin, readings, exercise, the works. It is a bit large but there is a lot of data to be input. I was thinking that perhaps we should look at going back to it. This means that I would have to find the meter, the software, and the cables. The Nano has a nice infrared port. Life is simple.

Another problem for us is that we use a variety of meters. We have a separate program for the pump (which I rarely download and really should do this soon!) . I am thinking that one type of meter and seriously thinking about software could be a good idea for Liam. The problem is I like so many features of a variety of meters! As I said the One Touch with all of the bells and whistles is great but no backlight. The One Touch UltraMinis are great because they are so small but you can’t add data to them (pre meal, post meal). The FreeStyle Lite has no coding. Love that! The nano is easy to read and has some cool options.

I just need one meter that can satisfy all of my desires…oh and add in a good CGMS too please and I will never need to see a piece of paper and kill another tree again!