I am going to use the "wildcard" option for this D-BLog week post.
Back by popular demand, let's revisit this prompt from last year! 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?
I would LOVE to see a device that measures the efficacy of insulin. I want to know if the Arizona sun has ruined the insulin, if this bottle is too old, if a batch is bad, etc. Much like the "control solution" can tell you if your meter is working, I would love to be able to add a few drops of insulin into a device that would say "Efficacy: 100%. or Potency: 80% or whatever."
THEN, you could add that into your pump (if you had one, which I don't, but I will someday soon) and have it calculate for you. Insulin needed: 4 units, efficacy is currently at 75% so I will deliver 5 units so you get 4 fully effective ones. (If that math is wrong, I'm sorry.) (The pump would do it right, though.) (Probably). And that, my friends, would effectively prevent, or at least explain, some highs. Also it would cut down on the wasted insulin, because you could use the entire bottle, even it has been open a long time. Also it would be awesome.
Please pay me money for my idea.
Thank you. :)
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