Thursday, May 17, 2012

The All-In-One-Inator


Diabetes Blog Week


Today's diabetes blog week post asks me to invent my 'fantasy diabetes device.'  The 'magic cure machine,' would be great, but I'm a realist at heart.  Here's one I think my daughter will see in the not too distant future, with some details we'd find particularly helpful:

One site!  One device!  All your diabetes care needs rolled into one!

All the tools you need to manage your Type 1 Diabetes consolidated into one easy-to-use system.
  • One site providing insulin infusion and a continuous glucose monitoring sensor
  • A pocket-sized handheld touchscreen device which provides
    • Blood sugar meter
    • Insulin Delivery Remote
    • Multi-featured log-book
      • use touchscreen to write your own comments ('stupid donut')
      • wireless link for download
      • pesonalized charting, graphing, averaging
    • Continuous Glucose Monitoring with multiple high and low bg alarm options
    • Carbohydrate counting guide with personalization ('Steve's pizza: 1 slice=40g.') 
    • Flashlight feature
    • Programmable reminders for bg checks, boluses and site changes
    • Insert notes anywhere. For example:
      • reminders of treatment parameters with each bg check for children and caregivers
      • notes to children regarding party or playdate foods in absence of parent
      • make a note when carbs for a new food are guessed
      • note when the pump has been unplugged for swimming or sports
    • Optional cellular and wireless internet service, making it your only device
  • All designed, manufactured and shipped by the same medical device company right to your door, right when you need it.

When I described the device to my daughter (who added the touch-screen feature and expanded the notes one), she thought the 'all-in-one-inator' would be a good name for it.  That's what Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb would call it.  He'd be hard pressed to find a way to use this invention for evil, though.





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