Just Talking About Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction

This week I spoke with Rick Johnson, Director of Healthcare Practice at JD Power and Associates about the recently released Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction Survey. We also discussed the mechanics behind the survey, conclusions, and the general state of diabetes technology. Enjoy.

More information about the Blood Glucose Meter Satisfaction Survey can be found at jdpower.com.

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The Me Too Conundrum

Image (linked) captured from My Diabetes Secret

Image (linked) captured from My Diabetes Secret

Finding someone who gets it is great. You don’t have to explain the basics. You don’t have to explain the details. Jargon and slang become the common language. It’s like being part of a secret society that happens to affect more than 29 million (diagnosed and undiagnosed, regardless of type) people.

But in order for them to “get it”, they have to go through the same struggles you do. They have to experience the fear, dread, anger, sadness, frustration, confusion, and maybe even depression. In order for them to get it, they have to have it. And that sucks.

I’m a firm believer in the power of “me too”, I just wish it didn’t come at such a cost.

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Dexcom Software 505

24 hours later.

Why is Software 505 a big deal? Let’s step back for a moment.

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Learning How To Walk

By no means am I an expert on this diabetes thing. I have a grasp of the basics: food makes my blood sugar goes up, insulin down, exercise helps, these are the facts, yet this sentence is a lie. But I’ve found that almost everything I thought I knew, took for granted, or even assumed about my diabetes management prior to starting on an insulin pump is a distant memory spent counting insulin pen needles. It’s not that everything I knew doesn’t translate to pumping insulin, it’s just that everything I knew on multiple daily injections doesn’t translate to pumping insulin.

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