A family living well with type 1 diabetes.

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Verio Cool.

I have had the pleasure of trying out a new meter from OneTouch® — The Verio™IQ. And what a sweet little meter it is.

Upon first glance, it looks a lot like an iPod! Very sleek. Very user friendly, as any meter should be. The display is big, bold and beautiful. Jenna was impressed, as was I. Jenna enjoyed tagging whether her reading was before or after eating. This is the feature that helps the meter determine if there are any trends worth noting; another cool aspect of this sassy little meter! The only puzzler was what to do if the reading is neither. Perhaps a third option to opt out of tagging a reading would be beneficial.

Update: Evidently, there is a way to opt out of tagging a reading. You simply press the go back arrow to return to the results screen or hold down the arrow to go to the main menu. Helps to read the instructions thoroughly. :)

The next feature we liked was how little blood is required to conduct the test and the fact that you can slurp up your tiny sample from either the right or the left of the strip! This proved helpful in preventing test strip waste which is something that makes me crazy. At nearly a buck a pop, the last thing we want is an error indicating an insufficient blood sample. Sometimes this happens when Jenna is doing her own checks. Perhaps she is rushing, being the busy little bee that she is. But Jenna had no problem obtaining an adequate sample with the Verio IQ™.

This meter touts SmartScan™ Technology. It scans each sample 500 times to ensure precise results. I have no idea how it does this in just 3 short seconds but WOW! This is HUGE. We rely on meter accuracy to ensure Jenna is getting the right amount of insulin, and we all know how important proper insulin dosing is.

Besides its accuracy, the feature that really got me revved was the light. This baby has a built in light to help see in the dark during nighttime testing. I didn’t have to hold a flashlight between my teeth! And I could hang up my miner’s hat too ;)

One final note, this meter doesn’t use batteries. It charges via a plug, just like a mobile phone or MP3 player! Very cool.

Over all, I like this meter, Jenna likes this meter and I think its future is as bright as its colour, LCD display.

Disclosure: The OneTouch® Verio™IQ meter was supplied to me at no charge for evaluation purposes by LifeScan Canada Ltd. I was not paid for my opinion. The opinions expressed here are my own (and to some extent, Jenna’s). I was not required by LifeScan Canada Ltd. to mention this product on my blog but it is because I am an active diabetes blogger that I was contacted and given the opportunity to try this product gratis.

When You Wish Upon A…Hairdryer?

Coincidences are a trip, aren’t they? Like when you think of someone you haven’t seen in forever and suddenly you hear from them? Most of us have had experiences like that and I seem to be having a surge in this phenomenon lately.

Recently, I wrote about a meeting I had with a JDRF rep who mentioned a fellow D-Mom that she wanted me to meet named Sarah. A couple of hours after leaving the meeting I met Sarah, quite by chance, in a children’s clothing store. That had me scratching my head and pondering the mysterious powers of the universe for days afterward.

Well, it’s happened again.

Just this morning I was drying my hair, lost in thought as I usually am during this daily post-shower ritual. I was thinking about Jenna starting full time kindergarten next fall. As you can imagine, this is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. I was mentally composing the brief speech that I plan to deliver to the staff prior to the start of the school year in, an effort to teach them what they will need to know to ensure Jenna’s safety. I arrived at the point where I would present the glucagon kit to them…and my mind came to a screeching halt.

This is about where I figure I will lose many of them. When I start explaining the process of reconstituting the glucagon powder in the vial with the saline in the syringe, then drawing up only half the normal adult dose and administering a lifesaving, intramuscular injection to my little girl should she become unconscious and unable to ingest carbohydrates by mouth, I imagine they’ll be making every effort to look confident on the outside while silently screaming on the inside. I get that. It’s not something I like to imagine having to do either. It’s bad enough that the nature of the situation requiring the administration of glucagon would be a stressful one, but then to expect a person to remember how to perform a multi-step, invasive procedure to literally save a child’s life – a procedure the person has likely never had the oportunity to practice, well, the task is incredibly daunting, to say the least.

Why can’t this be like using an EpiPen on a child having an anaphylactic reaction?! There must be a way!

With an EpiPen, all that is essentially required is to uncap the pen and press it against the victims upper, outer leg, holding it there long enough for the lifesaving epinephrine to be administered (about 10 seconds). It can’t get much simpler than that. The reason glucagon can’t be packaged the same way is because the glucagon isn’t stable when it is in liquid form. It must be mixed just prior to being administered. Therein lies the dilemma.

So I was sitting in the living room with my family this evening, one eye on the movie we were watching and another eye on my Twitter feed. I read a tweet from Amy who writes a fabulous blog called Diabetes Mine.  Amy has been attending the third annual Roche Diabetes Social Media Summit in San Diego for the past few days. Her tweet stated that while attending the summit this year, she “..got a demo of a new GlucaPen for easy emergency glucose delivery.” Included with her tweet is a link to a post she had written almost one year ago, which you can read here, describing the GlucoPen that is in the works that reduces the steps required to reconstitute and administer the life-saving glucagon!

This is so fantastic! It’s exactly what I was wishing for as I was drying my hair this morning! I’m not sure when this cool little device will be made available to the public, but it sounds pretty promising. Maybe soon I will be able to present teachers and school office staff with a much less intimidating, more user-friendly device to use in the event of a worst case scenario. It can’t come soon enough. And it’s rather interesting that just this morning I was daydreaming about this very thing.

I think tomorrow morning, while I dry my hair, I’ll utter a wish for a cure. It’s worth a try.


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