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Re: [IP] glucowatch . . . anyone using one?

Add to that the fact that readings are sent out at 20 minute intervals
(your info)based on 2 tests at 10 minute intervals. By the time you get
your reading, it could be totally off the wall compared to the actual. The
margin of error is very high. If you are type 1, I would be very concerned
to use these readings to calculate a bolus with. It is not intended to be
used in lieu of finger sticking, just as alternate site testing is not to
be used for at least 2 hours (longer with slow acting meals) after eating
as blood sugar is more accurate in the finger stick during digestion

The glucowatch is to give trends just as minimed's continuous monitor does.
Insurance won't cover it as it is too expensive and not as accurate as
other devices available.  

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Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 16:49:55 -0400 (EDT)
To: email @ redacted
Subject: Re: [IP] glucowatch . . .  anyone using one?

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Yes, I have been using a Glucowatch since 10/29/02. Here's what I've
so far: 

The biggest drawbacks I've experienced using the Glucowatch I recently
on IP: *high cost*, including the initial purchase price and the $7.50 per
hr recording pad you must pay afterward; an *eczema-like rash* at the watch 
site after monitoring that itches like crazy and lasts for weeks;
discomfort* every ten minutes during readings; numerous *skipped readings*, 
especially if you're active during the monitoring period; *long warm-up 
period*--2+ hr--prior to active monitoring that automatically precludes 
quick, PRN use; and, last but not least, it's a *bulky* device that does
fit neatly and easily under various clothing. 

The two primary advantages of the watch for me are: 

1.) **Backup monitoring with programmable warning alarm** that has been
to have on board when I'm sick, traveling alone or flying by private plane 
with volatile BGLs, or when I'm in a remote location not easily accessed by 
2.) **Computerized, detailed printouts (provided by the Glucowatch 
software--available as an optional purchase) covering what my BGLs do every 
ten minutes (minus skipped readings)** over a given period of time. This
provided valuable information to glean insights from after meals (how fat, 
carbs, boluses, and corrections affect BGLs), during the night (as a means
tracking the Dawn Phenomenon and Hypo states), at various times in the 
menstrual cycle (for me, preovulation and PMS phases show significant BGL 
rise/blood sugar resistance, followed by drastic reductions with onset of 
menses), and before/during/after exercise for helping with basal

I eagerly look forward to future improvements in continuous BGL monitoring
our way toward a cure for IDDM. Though we aren't quite there yet, the 
advantages of the Glucowatch make it worth looking into. In particular, I 
think it's quite useful for anyone who experiences wild BGL swings and 
patterns with perplexing variations in insulin effects (sound familiar, 
anyone?). After experiencing an early morning low of 27 last Easter
I sometimes prefer using a backup in certain situations. :-)

Blessings to you,
dx'd with Type 1 in 2/02 at age 49 (!), Paradigm pumping since 10/02
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