Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tech Talk

The use of technology  has taken over everyone's lives. Strange, how hard it can be to sit on the bed and try and read a book without reaching for the iPad, cell phone or lap top.   It's as if our minds crave that artificial glow of less important information. As much as technology is distracting, it also has been amazing in examples of the medical world.  Being able to do so much using technology to improve peoples lives and make things a little easier for everyone.

Althose that use insulin pumps must praise technology in some way. Being able to deliver insulin with a click of a button, not having to worry about giving needles every single day.  Same goes with meters, it seems companies are producing meters every month - getting better, cuter, smaller, faster, and the new phenomenon the ability to upload the information to the computer using something as simple as a USB.
Okay this isn't diabetes related, however
technology at its best. Audio books to make school
 a little easier!

That is what I love - I love that even though I have to think about diabetes as far as checking my blood sugar and giving insulin I don't have to do the math often, I don't have to write anything down - technology is assisting me in dealing with diabetes.  Unfortunately, at times I feel like the medical professionals rather us do differently.  Track things by hand, weigh things with measuring cups, calculate things without our pumps.

I realize that when looking at someone's blood sugars/insulin dosages it can be hard to do if you're having to look at a meters reading that aren't connected to the pump, then having to look at the pump readings that may or may not have the blood sugars recorded.  However, that one hour of annoying-ness for the diabetes team, doesn't justify every second of a diabetic daily life having to tediously do things twice when something like the USB meter can record it all on the computer.  Personally, I don't have time to keep a journal, that is what my meter has time to do.

Of course I feel bad when I am sitting with the team trying to figure out what goes with what, but when I think about how much I accomplish in a day not including diabetes practices, I cannot even imagine choosing what I believe to be a difficult way to manage my diabetes.  I check my blood sugar, it records in my meter, I go to my pump, give myself insulin for whatever I am eating and carry on.  To me that's my way of managing.


1 comment:

  1. I don't care for the small meters, as a matter of fact I hate them. I also don't use a pump, but I use a syringe not a pen. I have recorded my urine sugars and now my blood sugars since I was diagnosed in 1965 at the age of 5 along with writing down how my insulin I have and where I inject it.