Sometimes my diabetes really gets to me. This is year twelve for me and I have no (known) complications and I'd like to keep it that way. I do pretty well, with blood sugars averaging around 130-160. Ideal is 100, but I'm not doing to bad. However, I had some Indian food last night and I was up until 4AM "chasing blood sugars." I even took an intra-muscular insulin shot in an attempt to bring it down. It can be very tedious.
The insulin pump is nice, but folks often forget that it's just a delivery device. It pumps insulin through a tube into me, and that's it. All the input comes from the blood sugar meter via a finger stick.
However, very soon I should be able to get a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. This would be yet another device that'd be 'implanted/stuck' to me, but it would talk wirelessly and continuously to the pump.
This device is rolled out in seven cities; they are apparently taking it slow. I can't wait. I have no words to explain to you, dear reader, what it feels like to prick your finger 6 to 10 times a day for 365 days a year for over a decade. You get so addicted (in a necessary way) to the feedback provided by the number that is your blood sugar. Your blood sugar's current level becomes a sixth sense that is as important as any of the other five.
Every time I prick my finger it costs about 80 US cents. It gets spendy. Sometimes I get a little Mulderesque and wonder if they will ever cure diabetes as it's so profitable. Getting my blood sugar reader 10 times a day isn't enough. If you refer back to my Diabetes Airplane Analogy, you wouldn't want to check the altimeter in your airplane only ten times. you'd want to check it continuously.
This continuous meter will connect to me on the other side of my body - the opposite side than the pump - and talk to the pump wirelessly. I'd still have to make the decisions and "close the loop." NONE of this happens automatically. Insulin is never delivered without me deciding. Getting the BG (Blood Glucose) reading continuously will make my life easier.
Here's a little (I think) exclusive. I got this from a "source"...it's a PDF version of the training manual for the new Continuous Meter:
File Attachment: Paradigm Real teaching 1.pdf (999 KB)
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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