Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fantasy Diabetes Device - DBlog Week Day 4

Welcome to Day Four of Diabetes Blog Week. If you are participating, don’t forget to link your Fantasy Diabetes Device post on this list.  (Please enter your Blog Name and the URL for your Fantasy Diabetes Device post.)

Today let’s tackle an idea inspired by Bennet of Your Diabetes May Vary.  Tell us what your Fantasy Diabetes Device would be?  Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc. etc. etc.  The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

MM900365304Sometimes I wish I had a Fairy Godmother who could wave her magic wand and grant me my fantasy diabetes device.  (Okay, it would be better if she could wave her magic wand and wake my pancreas from its slumber, but that would kind of kill today’s post, wouldn’t it?)  What would this dream D-device be like?  I’m so glad you asked!!

I see a tubeless pump that is unlike any tubeless pump available now.  It would be much much smaller, about the size of my current infusion sets or CGM and it would be skinny.  It would also have some flexibility to it, so it could conform to curves and it wouldn’t jab me if I bent over.  Since it’s so small, I suppose it would have to have some new mega-insulin in it, so my Fairly Godmother would need to grant me that too.  A few days worth of this insulin would take up very little space, and the pump could dose it out in the teeniest of droplets.

Of course, I wear my CGM all of the time and  I’m not about to give it up for this fancy new dream pump, so we’ll throw a CGM module right on this thin tiny pump too.  That’s right, just one patch that both gives me insulin and monitors my blood sugar.  And how will I bolus and check the CGM readout?  Well I’ll do that all from my iPhone, of course.  My phone will communicate wirelessly with my fancy dream device, and while we’re at it, I might as well be able to access everything from my laptop, netbook and Kindle too.  Because, you know, we need options!!

What about checking my blood sugar, to calibrate or verify my CGM readings (although this super CGM will be extremely accurate).  Well, I want to do that from my iPhone as well, but with a teeny tiny laser device.  No more lancets, no more test strips, no more actual blood - just a painless and safe laser that can read my blood sugar and calibrate my CGM instantly.

You  probably think this is a pretty tall order . . . . and maybe it is.  But when I was diagnosed, I didn’t have any of the devices I use today because they were just being invented or weren’t even dreamed up yet.  So who knows what the future could hold!!

What would your Fantasy Diabetes Device be like?


  1. all of your ideas actually don't sound too fantastical at all! i can totally see a sort of laser scanning device like at grocery stores for the bg check. and the tiny patch pump/cgm, excellent!

  2. Oh I agree! Just because these fantasy devices don't exist now doesn't mean they won't some day! I love your idea and I'm really enjoying this prompt.

  3. "Diabetes Fairy Godmother" That is exactly what we need :-)

  4. For my post today I decided to not read anyone else's posts until after so it would come completely from my imagination. Funny thing is we described the same fantasy device, only mine came with a male model ;)

  5. You would have to share this Fairy Godmother of yours!

  6. Sign me up for two, please!! It sounds super awesome!!! I think this idea isn't entirely far-fetched. Like you said, when we were diagnosed none of what we had today existed, so who knows! :)

  7. How about a reliable implantible blood glucose that never needs to be swaped out and charges itself off the electrolytes in your body and communicates with the small pump


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