GiR’s guide to blood sugar

8 05 2008

After seeing the wide range of values I could get from the same blood drop when comparing the Keynote to my Flash, GiR and I decided that it would just be easier to make up numbers based on how I feel instead of actually testing.

Question 1: How do I feel?

  1. Loopy
  2. Fine
  3. I want to kill something

If 1, blood sugar is low. Eat something.
If 2, blood sugar is normal.
If 3, blood sugar is high. Then ask Question 2: What do I want to kill?

  1. Myself
  2. My friends and family
  3. The entire world
  4. The entire universe

If 1, blood sugar is 150.
If 2, blood sugar is 200.
If 3, blood sugar is 250.
If 4, blood sugar is 300.


What’s really frustrating about the comparisons between meters is that I now see that I can’t really trust any of my numbers at all. If, with the same blood drop, I get numbers that are 20+ points different, then what’s the point of being so accurate at all? My pump can calculate very, very precise doses of insulin. But! They are based on this vague result of a blood sugar test. Sometimes it feels like I could just pull a number out of a hat (or take GiR’s questionnaire) and it would be close enough.


Testing out the Keynote

8 05 2008

Yesterday, I received my “assessment package” from Agamatrix to try out the Keynote.  I switched around my pouches so that I could carry both the Keynote and my Flash around to compare the values.

First test before dinner:  Flash = 72, Keynote = 92

To me, this is a fairly dangerous situation.  72 would be a low that I would need to treat, but a 92 is normal and doesn’t need to be treated.

Further tests throughout the evening and this morning have shown that the Keynote pulls up numbers that are “closer to center”, as GiR put it.  This makes sense considering the Keynote’s claim that is has a lower margin of error.  As such, it would be reasonable to say that my Flash would produce more extreme values, while the Keynote would produce more consistent values.

HOWEVER!  There is one small bug/feature that makes the Keynote not worth switching to:  You have to get the full amount of blood on the strip at one time.  If it starts sucking your blood and you don’t get enough the first time, you just wasted a strip.  I HATE THIS SOOOO MUCH!  This is why I love my Flash.  If you don’t get enough blood, it’s okay.  You have a small window of time to finish filling the test strip.

I will continue using the Keynote for awhile because half a day is hardly enough to fuss about just yet.  GiR suggested that maybe I use the Keynote to calibrate my Dexcom, since the Keynote is more likely to be accurate.  We’ll see.

Thank you, Abbott

27 11 2007

My meter‘s been acting a little funny lately. For over a week, it will occasionally not recognize that there’s blood on the strip. It’ll suck the blood up just fine, but nothing will happen. I’d have to throw the strip out and use a new one. Or two. Then yesterday I got a bunch of Err1 codes and an Err3 tossed in for fun. Getting sick of wasting test strips, I called Abbott up to see if they could help out.

After only a couple computer prompts, I spoke to a real live person who spoke English. His name was Arthur. He listened very patiently to my problems and asked me a few questions. We ran through a few different scenarios to rule out other possibilities (yes, it happens with multiple tubes of strips; yes, the code is correct; yes, I apply the blood correctly, etc) and finally deduced that it was most likely the meter. He said they would ship a new one out to me and it would get here in about 3 days. Talk about awesome!

I really do love it when companies get it right. Abbott seems to really care about its customers and they make sure that their meters are doing their job. Thanks, Abbott!