A High-Tech Life

I haven’t participated in the DSMA Blog Carnival in awhile… But this topic resonates with me. Diabetes Gadgets.

Here’s the prompt:

How do you select the diabetes devices you use?  To others looking into new or replacement devices, what would be your best advice to someone shopping around?

Brad and I talk about the gadgets and gear that keep me chugging along a lot. There are things that we wish would be different about them and things that we love… as much as you can love medical devices.

The Pump (The Pod)

Image Courtesy of Insulet

I’ve said in the past that I love my OmniPod… I don’t really though. I like the control and management I get by being on an insulin pump, but I shocked Brad’s socks off the other night when I said I would switch to a tubed pump if I don’t get the new OmniPod system soon and if I keep having pod failures (My recent failure rate is: 1 in 4 pods during filling or priming) . I followed that up by saying I wished there were more tubeless pumps on the market… I wish I had options. Right now, for someone like me who wants an insulin pump that they can wear, hide and not have tubing to deal with there aren’t options. There’s the OmniPod and… the OmniPod!

Overall it’s a good system even if the PDM looks like a kid’s toy of an old BlackBerry. I did a lot of research but really “found my moving buddy” when we learned about OmniPod. I didn’t want to deal with needles more than necessary, I didn’t want to get tangled in tube and I didn’t want to have to clip something to my clothes all the time.

Omni-Arm, out of the way during a service project

I found out that OmniPod “wastes” less insulin since there isn’t any caught up in the tube, so I’m saving liquid gold too… Although with my recent string of pod failures and only being able to get at most half of the insulin back from the podds I’m not sure about how much overall I’m saving.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about my pod in their research… many go with OmniPod. So many that I wish I could get a commission from Insulet! (Or at least the new system. *wink*wink*)


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Health Monitoring Devices

I clicked over to this article from Twitter the other day in part because I already wear a medical monitoring device. It’s an interesting read, but to summarize it talks about how someday technology may make it possible for insurance companies to do the same thing with our bodies that they can let us do with our cars, have a device that monitors activities and gives rate incentives on choosing low-risk/healthy behaviors.

At this moment, I have a platinum and silver wire in my right thigh. The sensor wire makes contact with a transmitter that sends blood sugar information to a receiver where I track my trends, patterns and movements, helping me make better choices about my health. As I was reading the article I thought about how I’ve been turned down for additional life insurance coverage because of my “history of diabetes and long-term insulin use.”

It astounded me to be turned down for additional coverage because I have a bum pancreas that forces me to make healthy choices, the questionnaire didn’t bother asking about my current health status (things like blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function or even A1c). I get denied but people who have a history of alcohol abuse or who smoke can get additional coverage.

I often feel like the world is unfair (which is true). I can’t “catch a break” ever because I don’t have a functioning pancreas. I get penalized with prescription costs, testing expenses, the ignorance of others, plates that look like math and higher insurance costs coupled with being denied coverage because I’m obligated to check the diabetes box. (The box literally just says diabetes, doesn’t ask for type or any other information.)

One stinking word doesn’t define my existence or even my health. Sure an implanted health monitoring device is pretty big brother-ish, but I thought about how something like that would capture healthy eating habits and exercise and give a better picture of me as a healthy person than a check box on a piece of paper the causes red flags to go up.

What do you think? Would you volunteer to wear a monitoring device?


My Husband Spied on Me!

While Brad was in San Francisco, I stole borrowed his car. It makes sense since my car uses a lot of gas and his uses none.

The cool thing about the Leaf is that it has an app. The car talks to the server, the server talks to the app and we can do all sorts of cool stuff. Including monitoring driving efficiency. Brad really likes to monitor the range and energy usage of the car, and continues to track how much we aren’t spending on gasoline.

From all the way across the country, he was checking up on how I drove the car. On Monday morning I got a text message:


One Tuesday he sent me a driving report detailing the efficiency of my driving.

Regardless of how creepy the energy spying was, it’s nice to know I’m an energy efficient driver!

Fantasy Diabetes Decive

Diabetes Blog Week Post #4

Today’s Topic: Fantasy diabetes device

Oh boy there are so many things I want (aside from a fully functioning pancreas, duh).

It’s no secret that I’ve been trialing a Dexcom (continuous glucose monitoring system). I kind of like it, the arrows tell me where I’m going and it alerts me to danger, but it’s another cell phone sized device, it’s another plastic piece and adhesive pad stuck to me. I know I’m not alone in wanting a closed loop system.

I kind of wish it would all be integrated with an app like our universal remote system is at home. (I mean seriously, I can use one iPad/iPhone/Android app to control the TV, DVD player, other DVD player, Apple TV and probably even my neighbor’s stereo.) If they can make a glucose meter that plugs into my iPhone, can’t they just make that work with my OmniPod and receive Dexcom readings and automatically talk to each other?

Dexcom+OmniPod in one device would be great

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