I missed that whole NightScout (NS) remote monitoring era since I am an adult with no one watching my blood glucose values. Looking back as a current user of Loop, I see that remote monitoring NS phenomena as a instrumental in knitting together a whole community on social media with benefits that persist today. I was late to the game and I’m still trying to keep up with some of the lingo the NS veterans, almost always parents of young T1Ds, use in their Facebook posts.
The NS remote monitoring movement quickly morphed into an artificial pancreas movement that benefits me every day. The energy, talent, and compassion of the young parents still amazes me!
I think the thing that really drew me into their movement was their willingness and ability to do the unconventional. I had spent decades waiting for the traditional researchers, doctors, biotech companies and regulators to produce tools I could use. From my perspective, this speed of evolution was painfully slow. The movement’s rallying cry of “we are not waiting” really resonated with me. And their selfless pay-it-forward aesthetic inspires me!