Lacking Context

Out of context, this number looks great. But it doesn’t tell the story of the 8 hours above 200 yesterday. Or the 51 at 4am. Yes, numbers never lie. But these numbers will never tell the whole truth either.

I shared that nugget of wisdom this morning. It’s important for the outsiders, the onlookers, the casual observers, for anyone paying attention to all of the chatter about our lives with diabetes to understand that these blood glucose checks lack the context to properly illustrate what living with this disease entails.

Of the thousands of decisions I make each day, both conscious and unconscious, and the constantly evolving set of external factors that influence a given blood glucose check, a single number doesn’t come close to telling the story of what happened, what is happening, or what will happen.

And yet, I still find joy in seeing numbers in range.

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Why I Stopped Using My iBGStar

I’ve been on the iBGStar for nearly 2 years. For the most part I’ve been happy with that time. The size of the meter made packing and travel super convenient, and when I actually took the time to look at the data, the iOS software that synced readings was quite handy. However, the test strips were in my insurance’s most expensive coverage tier and I really, really miss having a port light. Being a creature of habit, however, means that I’m quite stubborn to change my ways even when there are plenty of reasonable justifications for switching.

Until this weekend.

Let me introduce you to “Er1”.

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