I am T1 diabetic for more than 20 years now. In this period of time I have filled several diaries with massive amounts of data. As a software developer and consultant I was faced with the challenge of maintainig the diary and handling my job as well. As it turned out the diary lost the competition and this led to an unpleasant development for my glucose control.

I made these approaches to get back on track:

1. I developed a software and entered all the data at the end of the day. But this was too time consuming and led to nowhere.

2. I bought a Palm V and AccuCheck management software. This worked for me but then the data synchonisation had a problem and destroyed three months of data input. In addition the data was not accessible for other analysis programs.

In 2006 I started to develop a web site named Glucosurfer.org. For this service I had some very clear visions how it should work:

-full anonymity (no E-Mail or other personal data should be gathered)
-free of charge and financed by donations
-accessible via mobile phone, smart phone and web
-data import of pump files
-data export via XML
-diagrams which are helpfull to identify recurring problems
-support for mg/dl and mmol/l
-support for carbs in gram (or other weight units), bread units or carbohydrate units
-automated calculation of insulin dose (via carbohydrate or insulin factors)
-allow decimal doses for insulin
-allow the documentation of special pump programs (delay, multiwave, temporary basal rate)
-possibility to share the diary with your doctor or communities like TuDiabetes. For example the following link will lead you to my diary (you can drag the diagrams with your mouse):

http://www.glucosurfer.org/goto?diagram&language=en&user=27...

In 2007 I met other diabetics and we joined our effords in one team. Since then Glucosurfer.org and his features have slowly grown. Later in 2007 the Institute for Diabetes Research Münster decided to fund our starting phase and to support us with their knowledge. Today more than 40 users (T1, T2, pen or pump) are managing their diary via mobile phones or via regular uploads of pump files.

Glucosurfer.org is an offer for diabetics - an additional choice under the few choices we have. Therefore I would like to invite you to test its features. Maybe you have the time to test the access via mobile or smart phone or to upload your pump data to get the whole picture. I must clarify that Glucosurfer is not a community - it is just a place to manage and analyse your diary: manage at glucosurfer.org and then share and discuss it here in TuDiabetes. Especially in times of crisis this community will surely offer a helping hand if you share your Glucosurfer diary for a short period of time.

Best regards,
Holger
Type I and Founder of Glucosurfer.org

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