I recently read an article that featured an electronics ad from 1991 and explained that the smart phone has essentially replaced the functionality of 13 different items you had to purchase separately in the past.
This made me think about the diabetes “spot” on my kitchen countertop. This is separate from my stock of supplies. I’m talking mainly about electronic items that I use throughout the day in various capacities to make sure that James’ blood sugar stays in range.
Looking at my counter right now I see:
- A blood glucose monitor, complete with poker and vial of test strips
- James’ continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system receiver
- A headlamp to enable nighttime testing during those tough nights or times when the CGM alerts me to a problem
- A baby monitor to enable me to hear CGM alerts during the night from James’ room
- And of course, my phone, which is not technically a diabetes device but helps me in so many different
ways — communication with school, alarms to change infusion sets, reminders to check blood sugar, a carb counting app, etc.
I would LOVE to see some of these devices combined! I know there are so many amazing gadgets that are in the works — just waiting for all the bugs to be worked out or even just waiting for approval from the FDA.
But here’s a plea to the diabetes industry: Make us a device that can do it all! Make it pocket sized. If you can, make it waterproof! (I understand even the big smart phone companies are still working on that one!) Make it rechargeable and able to plug into the computer. And lights! PLEASE for the sake of all of us parents, know that a strip light AND a backlight on all devices is just the best thing ever. Lots of customization would be awesome too!
Don’t get me wrong, the technology that exists now is amazing. I feel lucky that I’m able to obtain so much information, so much “connectivity,” thanks to the innovations in the industry. Even in the relatively short amount of time that James has had diabetes, the technology has improved tremendously!
Still, since we’re just wishing here, this is MY order for the ultimate innovation in diabetes technology. What am I missing? What would you like to see?
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.