Today’s Diabetes Blog Week topic is Poetry Tuesday but I’m not a poet. I’m not even going to attempt to try to write a poem but I look forward to reading others! Instead, I’m choosing to make this my Wildcard day.
My Wildcard Topic: Diabetes Dream Device
This continues to be one of the most popular DBlogWeek topics, so let’s have another crack at it! 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, or anything else you can think of. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?
I’ve been excited about this topic since last year. I wrote on this topic last year but I hadn’t given it a ton of thought before writing. Since then, I’ve been thinking about my dream device. I’m not thinking too outside the box here but there are three main things I would want for my dream device, my dream device being an updated insulin pump.
1. My pump would know when I’m driving a car. I live in Richmond, VA but I drive up to DC/Northern Virginia quite often. I drive up I-95 for about 2 hours (3 hours if traffic is being nice). My high alert is set to 150 and pretty much every day I go over the 150 threshold. I can’t tell you how many times I have been driving on I-95 when my high alert goes off. I usually keep my insulin pump in my pocket which happens to be under my seatbelt, so trying to get to it while I’m driving is no easy task. I wish my pump knew that I was driving and just alerted me to my high then stopped buzzing. Too often it will go off and I won’t hit the buttons to let it know I heard it so then it goes off again and again until I finally acknowledge it which happens while I’m driving, which is not exactly the safest. (The low alert is different because if I hear a low alert I will pull over and test and treat before getting back on the road but for a high alert, I’m okay if I’m driving at 170).
2. My pump would have a colored CGM graph. For the time being, I’m sticking with Mininmed for my insulin pump. But the screen and CGM graph is so boring. I’m so jealous of the Dexcom people who get the pretty red, yellow and white lines. I would love to see a pretty colored line when my blood sugar is doing well.
3. My insulin pump would connect to my iPhone (getting the Carelink software to work on a Mac is a completely different issue). My FitBit wirelessly connects to my iPhone and it’s amazing! I keep my FitBit in my bra so it’s not the easiest to check but I can pull the FitBit app up on my iPhone and see how many steps I’ve taken, calories I’ve burned or stairs I’ve climbed. I wish my insulin pump had the same capability, especially when wearing a dress. I would love to be able to pull up an app on my phone and see my CGM graph, or go to the app and see the Carelink data and see what my two week average has been.
I don’t think these are outrageous demands. The car issue could just be a question where I let my pump know I’m going to be driving so don’t be annoying with the high alert or something along those lines. Maybe one day I will see a Medtronic Minimed pump with a colored screen or even accessibility to my iPhone!