Back by popular demand, let’s revisit this prompt from last year! 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?
I wrote articles for everyday of the Diabetes Blog week but I wanted to also tackle the wild card days. For the daily articles, I wrote mine first then I read what other’s said. However, for the wild card post, I admit that I did read other’s first. There are SOOO many great ideas that if any of these devices were actually around, having T1D wouldn’t be so overwhelming. A few of my favorites are below:
- Jenn at Sweet Zoo’s permanent test strip
- Heather at Insulin Resilience’s functional glucose monitor
- Reva at Type ONEderful’s DiaBites App
- Landileigh at Landileigh’s Little World’s permanent infusion set
- Jasmine at Silver Lined’s Super Settings System-my favorite because it means no more basal testing!
I’m not sure I could create my own dream device. All the ones I have read so far all sound amazing. When I think of a dream device, two devices I thought of already exist, though not for me:
- A1C meter for home-I have heard these exist but when I read reviews online, I learned that these are not very accurate. I haven’t had the best of luck with endocrinologists so I haven’t really gotten much value out of going to see them other than knowing what my A1C is and getting prescriptions so if I could test my A1C at home, I wouldn’t need to go as often to the endocrinologist (some of you might think that isn’t a good thing but I had found going to see them is usually a waste of time).
- Waterproof insulin pump-I know Animas has done this but I’m a loyal Minimed user and after 16 years on a Medtronic pump, couldn’t imagine making a switch.
I would also love it if I could take a pill instead of having to take insulin. This isn’t technically a device but what a nice thought to not have to worry about how much insulin to put in for a meal or having to take insulin shots or be attached to a pump.
And hey, wouldn’t a cure be nice too :).