Scott Hanselman

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July 11, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Diabetes
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Very soon my friends.  I'm on a MiniMed 508 and have been for 3+ years (spent the first 7 using shots up to 6 times a day).  I'm digging this new Paradigm 512...How do I get one???  It's such a great (and obvious) idea, it just might work!  It's not implanted, it's not automatic, but it's better that what we have now.  The real question is, how accurate can its suggestions be? 

It's quite a clever thing.  The Blood Glucose Meter "talks" to the pump wirelessly and informs it of your current BG.  Hopefully this happen totally automatically, it would be a shame if you had to "tell" the meter with some extra step/button press.

The meter looks a lot like an upside-down Ultra.  I'm not too excited about switching away from my beloved UltraSmart, but for wireless, I think I can be convinced. :)

Be sure to take a look at the Paradigm's Users Guide.  Often User's Guides can tell you more than the polished press sites will.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, 01 August 2003 23:01:47 UTC
I have seen this up close at a support group yesterday. It IS GREAT, 5 Sec countdown, Tinyest sample for blood, AUTOMATICALLY via RF sends BG to pump, you put in single target BG (No range. Corrects to 100, OR to 130, but you can do different targets at different times), has a multiple alarm clock feature, and reminders after X:XX hours after bolus to test again, but the BG --> Bolus thing is the Bolus Wizard. It automatcially sends the BG, and you already set up the insulin to carb ratio, and correction ratio. You conferm the BG on the pump, it asks how many GRAMS of Carbs you ate, computes everything, then asks if you want to set a reminder! It's awesome. You need to wait until your warenty expires, or buy a new one on your own. Paaradigm 511 users can pay 450$ for an upgrade as of Sept. 1, 2003. Then, after this is the Gaurdian, which is a CGMS, that shows you the BG, and sends it to the pump. They say in five years, this will all be in one device, internal, and do EVERYTHING.
Travis Bennett
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