Here's what my favorite diabetes gadget would look like if it existed:
• A single site on your body with two cannulas: one that delivers insulin, and the other that gets true BG readings from your blood (not the interstitial tissue).
• The site is connected to a lightweight pump that gives you a choice of being wireless, or connected via tubing.
• A lightweight wireless remote is as fully-functional as the pump, and includes a meter if you want additional fingerstick readings.
• And the most important feature of all that would absolutely clinch my purchase decision: Customer service that includes a masseuse at my beck and call.
I recently got the One Touch software. It cost $30 but I just love it. Downloads all numbers right from your meter and prints out a variety of graphs. My doc thought it was great also. You can manually enter insulin and carb info. All the charts can be directly emailed to your provider.
When I got it I had trouble installing the software and after calling the helpline was told that it wasn't compatible with Windows Vista/ She then said she "wasn't supposed to tell anyone" but there was a sneaky way we could try. It worked.
And, I don't know what the big secret was because their initial message was "all calls are recorded for quality of service".
I love my ANIMAS One-Touch Ping pump and my remote meter. It has made life a lot simpler. I started using my Dexcom-7 yesterday, so I hope it becomes just as helpful or MORE.
I have a kitchen scale...I believe it is called the "perfect portions" (it is at my in-laws right now) that helps cooking from scratch so much easier. It gives the carb counts (and other nutrients) for ingredients you are weighing. It will continue to add them together for the entire recipe you are making. When you are finished, you just need to divide the total carbs by the number of servings. Its wonderful for cooking and baking at home.
Does anyone have favorite apps for smart phones that help you look up carb info for restaurants? I hope to by a smart phone, probably an iphone. I'm tired of asking for nutrition info at restaurant and be told "you can get that online". Any suggestions?
Phyl, the Diabetes Buddy has a limited amount of information specific to restaurants, but you can look up literally any food in the extensive database and get all the info. You can adjust for portions, preparation methods, etc. You can also add your own custom info, for homecooked or restaurant foods, and save it in the db or add to your favorites list.
I used it last night at IHOP and had a great meal--and a 96 reading after 2 hours. :-)
I said "limited" restaurant info, and I was dead wrong--I just hadn't looked in the right place! There's extensive data about almost every national and regional chain, which makes entering food choices a snap. I have learned more about my D in the past few days than in the previous 20 years, just because I'm recording so much information and can see correlations between foods and spikes, etc., so easily.
Dexcom Seven Plus is my 1st fave, even though my skin hates the adhesive.
My 2nd would be my FRIO chill pack for carrying my insulin bottles around, since I still do MDI. (Waiting to jump onboard the Animas Ping paired with Dexcom CGM in the future.) The FRIO is such a simple idea (evaporative cooling) and works for many days (5-7), then it just needs a soak in water, and good to go again.
WS, please use the search tool (at the upper right corner of any page) and search for "Skin-Prep". It solves my IR problem, and it also helps to prevent the pad edges from curling up for a much longer time. Lots of Dexcom users on the board have become fans of the product, you'll be seeing LOTS of posts.
Let me check on one extra "Skin-Prep trick" with you. I'm not arguing, I just have an idea. ;)
Unlike IPA cleaning wipes, where you scrub and scrub while the stuff evaporates, the idea behind Skin-Prep is to leave behind as much liquid as possible. Wipe only once, sideways. And if the pad isn't yielding enough, then use two of them. Use the hisard dryer on the first application, then wipe on a second pad EXTRA gently. You want it to add more solution, rather than dissolve and scrub away the first application.
But Yes: it's possible that you're allergic to one of the Skin-Wipe components, as well as the Dex adhesive. Is there any "underneath" plastic film, such as FlexiFix, which causes less IR for you? With Flexifix in particular, cutting a window for the needle insertion is a bit of a hassle, because the layers of "remove this first (paper)" and "remove this from the top side after you've stuck it down" (plastic with grid pattern). I recommend an absolutely fresh snap-knife blade for this.
But if there's any plastic safety film which uses an adhesive which is more "friendly" to your skin, and sticks well, maybe try that underneath the Sensor.
Yeah, I'm worried about this. I am allergic to adhesive and end up with a red, bumpy, itchy rash every time I have tape or an adhesive bandage on my skin. This doesn't bode well for CGM or a pump in my future.
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