I used MiaoMiao the last three month and now it’s time to tell you more about that magic little device. If you don’t know what it is: MiaoMiao is a transmitter that can be attached on top of the Freestyle Libre – similar to the device called Blucon that I used before. It continuously reads the Freestyle Libre and sends the data to your phone. The FreestlyeLibre simply turns into a CGM.
Faster – Better – Stronger … Technology
There’re more and more blood glucose meter, cgm and fgm systems like the Freestyle Libre, Dexcom, Eversense or Enlite but there are also some solutions from startups or the diabetes community – it’s not unusual to lose track of all the gadgets. Although, I’m constantly testing and looking for new technologies, which is very hard to figure out what really fits to my needs and lifestyle. In addition, not everything is cheap or it’s hard to convince the health insurance to cover it. After you made your decision it’s not clear that the new diabetes system fits into your everyday life.
Who is pushing diabetes innovation forward?
The people with diabetes itself start to come up with innovative ideas to help each other. Nowadays almost everyone has access to affordable hardware and digital solutions. Continue reading
The chip, my diabetes and I
Ten days after I got my Eversense sensor I feel more comfortable. The wound is healed and the cut is really small (I guess about 4-5mm). At the beginning, I was very careful with the plaster and the transmitter. I thought that I might hurt myself, therefore I left the stripes and the plaster at my arm for about a week. To find the right place for the transmitter wasn’t easy, because the transmitter needs to be right on top of the sensor to get power. Continue reading
My first days with the Eversense CGM
Five minutes, that’s the time it takes to turn me into a cyborg. From now on an 8mm long Eversense CGM sensor is placed in my right arm and continuously measures my glucose concentration. Humans and machine merge, as Ray Kurzweil predicted in his book “The Age of Spiritual Machines”. Often his predictions did not apply, but he was right when he said that people are start to implement technology into their bodies.
The digital dementia is unstoppable. More and more information goes directly into our mobile hard drive in our pocket instead into our brain. For me it’s already clear, I’m suffering from digital dementia. A few years ago I was able to remember all phone numbers from friends and family. Nowadays I’m happy if I know the number of my parents.
To be diabetic and forgetful doesn’t really fit together. I guess everyone know the situation: You leave the car and a few seconds later you ask yourself “Did I close the door?”. With diabetes it’s similar. Did I injected Insulin for my last meal? Yes or N0? Is my blood sugar meter in my bag? Dextro energy in my pocket? How high was my last sugar level? Questions like that are bothering my all the time.
But there are a few tools that can help: