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Re: [IP] "Hiding" showing pump - human factors stuff

I was recently at an embroidery conference in Las Vegas.  I was sitting in the back row alone before the seminar started and was doing a blood test mostly hidden in my purse.  A lady came and sat down next to me, and asked me if I had diabetes.  I said yes, and she said, "I do too and I have an insulin pump!"  I found that great, that at such a small conference there was another pumper there.  It opened up  a new friendship for us both, and we will be keeping in touch through e-mail, as we live a great distance apart.  She did not know about the IP list and I said I would send her the address to join.

I found it kind of funny to see these topics on the list after just retuning home.  Don't miss the opportunites that may come to you by trying to hide things.

Judi in MI
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: William Eddie Hollyfield 
  To: email @ redacted 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 3:30 PM
  Subject: Re: [IP] "Hiding" showing pump - human factors stuff

  I never hide my pump and whenever I can I show my pump and instruct all I can. I am a modern diabetic fighting for my life and quality of life.

  Subject: Re: [IP] "Hiding" pump - human factors stuff

  > That is something I feel that pump and glucometer companies should think about.
  > Pumps and glucometers essentially become "part of you". It would be nice if
  > companies started thinking about how they can shape the pumps and glucometers to
  > better fit with bodies. For instance one thing I'd like is a glucometer that has
  > a hole in it so you can put it on a chain around your neck. And also hang the
  > other supplies needed. I consider it something that has to go with me
  > everywhere. So why hasn't the same amount of thought gone into it as they've put
  > into hearing aids.
  > Or a glucometer that you wear like a watch. it could look like the glucowatch,
  > but be a regular glucometer.( You prick your finger, and use a test strip) The
  > precision QID seems to be mostly air inside, I'm sure they could make it smaller
  > and put a wrist strap on it.
  > Also, why do all the lancing devices have to be so enormous? Why can't someone
  > make a (REUSABLE) lancing device that's the size of a bic pen. I have a
  > MediSense "pen" glucometer, and the lancing device is bigger than the meter!
  > Wallgreens make a short lancing device which is nice, but mine lasted only about
  > 2 weeks before it stopped firing.
  > Also, why not look into making a pump that conforms more to the human shape.
  > Somehow make it flatter for people who don't have folds and bumps and places to
  > hide the pump. That's not my particular problem mind you --- I've got plenty of
  > places to hide it.
  > Also, why not make a glucometer that's very flat and fits into a day minder.
  > And why not make a pump that also has a reservoir of glucose so you can adjust
  > your glucose both UP and DOWN with the pump.
  > and and.....
  > 8-)
  > I feel like no one listens to me sometimes. Or maybe I just haven't found the
  > right people/companies to tell my ideas and feedback to. I've even participated
  > in tests for glucometer makers and I suggested that someone make a wheel
  > cartridge of test strips so that you don't have to mess with individual strips
  > all of the time. By the time I wrote that,  Bayer had already developed a
  > cartridge.
  Thanks Sue. Welcome back

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