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Re: [IP] Re: insulin-pumpers-digest V13 #1015



It's very easy to bypass the middle of the night finger prick.  She's
calibrate Dex before you go to sleep.  You need to calibrate AT LEAST twice
a day.  You can do it more often if you'd like. Susan

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:31 AM, An-Lon Chen <
email @ redacted> wrote:

> hi all,
>
> Looking for help here. It's my mom who's a Type 1 Diabetic and not me, so
> apologies if this series of questions is a little incoherent.
>
> First off:
>
> She has the Dexcom monitor and Apple watch app. For the most part, it works
> really well, but she has one minor and one major frustration. The minor
> one: I can't imagine why Dexcom hasn't made a Complication to show her
> blood sugar on the main watch screen, without having to do any swiping. (A
> Complication is Apple Watch-speak for data from an app that shows up on the
> main screen. I use the term just so people know what to look for.). Does
> anyone have Dexcom's ear or know if this feature is in the works? It seems
> like such a logical thing to do. (I don't have an Apple Watch myself, but
> have spent a bit of time helping troubleshoot and customize hers.)
>
> The major frustration: The Dexcom app tries to force you to test your blood
> sugar periodically, sometimes in the middle of the night. There is NO WAY
> to turn this off. It just bugs you every 10 minutes. I suppose the idea is
> to force people to get up and do fingersticks, but I'd imagine that most
> people do what my mom does, which is turn off her phone off. This means she
> misses not just low blood sugar alerts, but also regular text messages and
> phone calls. Is there ANY way to hack around this? It's extremely
> purpose-defeating.
>
> Bigger picture:
>
> She is 70 and in generally excellent health, but seems to be having more
> and more trouble controlling her sugar. She says it takes more and more
> insulin to do what it used to, and she is afraid she is developing Type 2
> along with Type 1. BUT... she hasn't settled down with a doctor she likes
> here in Seattle, and is in the middle of switching from University of
> Washington to Swedish. (She had a doctor she really liked in Utah).
>
> So I guess my main questions are 1) Does anyone have advice to make the
> Dexcom Apple Watch app less frustrating, and 2) what can be done about the
> (relatively) new insulin resistance? She says she doesn't need a diagnosis
> because she can see exactly what's happening with her dosing, but I really
> wish she had a doctor she has a good rapport with. The time at University
> of Washington seemed to be more about fighting administrivia than actually
> getting care.
>
> I'm in a position to help significantly with meal planning and preparation,
> but I feel like I'm taking blind stabs in the dark to figure out what she
> actually needs.
>
> thanks,
> An-Lon
>
>
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