It’s no secret that I’m a fan of my iBGStar. The ability to quickly upload and (potentially) process all of your test data from the palm of your hand is an exciting prospect, assuming you can get over the data overload. This thing is just about everything I need in a meter, with the exception of the always-coveted port light. But I’ve managed to get by without it for the most part.
My bigget hurdle with long-term use is transport. I can’t get by having this thing constantly connected to my iPod Touch since it blocks the headphone jack whenever it is connected – thus defeating the purpose of having an iPod. This means that I only upload test results once or twice a week and keep the meter separate for the majority of the time. Up until a week ago I’ve kept my iBGStar in the same case as my old FreeStyle Lite. There was a spot for the vial of test strips and I was quite fond of the makeshift insulin pen “pockets” that the outer compartment formed – thus reducing clutter to a single item.
Despite this apparent convenience, I did have issues with this setup. Mostly because I couldn’t find a home for the previously mentioned FreeStyle meter. So the case was holding a meter not in use, a meter in use, a vial of test strips, a Delica, and anywhere from 0-49 used test strips. As you can imagine, things often got messy.
You read through all of that build up to get to this, my new solution to carrying around my iBGStar.
Now I have a vial for unused test strips, a vial for used test strips, my Delica and my meter all in a simple, cozy home. I got this at Staples, but the only product listing I could find online was on Moleskine’s website. In case you’re interested, here you go.
Of course, this means I have to carry my insulin pens separately again. But with the pocket clip on each pen, there’s at least a modicum of convenience there.
What about you, my eager-readers? Do you have any slick make-shift cases for your diabetes stuff? Do you still use the case your meter came in?