I really like technology. We are an Apple family and I would be so isolated without my handy i-devices. In the diabetes world, I am extraordinarily thankful for Ethan’s pump. The one thing I just can’t get the hang of, though, is using technology to log blood sugar numbers.
Ethan’s second Lilly log book was filled up in November and I decided to try out the iBGstar app. I wanted an app that would show the numbers in columns, like in the log book, because it is easier for me to spot trends that way. While we do not use the iBGstar meter, the app is free for anyone to use and it uses the format I prefer. I did great logging numbers for the first week or two. Then when we were out of town for Thanksgiving, I slacked off. I justified it by telling myself I would log the day’s numbers before I went to bed and then I didn’t do it. When we came home I had a marathon session of catching up about two weeks’ worth of numbers (which I do not recommend) and I swore to mend my ways. I did for a while, but then the same thing happened over Christmas.
Why does it make a difference to me what format I use? I still can’t figure that out. When I use a paper log book, it always sits under Ethan’s meter kit. When I used the iBGstar app, my iPod Touch was almost always within arm’s reach. I don’t know why I am more likely to record the number in one format than the other.
I realize that everyone manages diabetes differently and many people do not log their blood sugar numbers at all. Many download their meter information directly, some use apps, some use log books. As for me, I feel very uneasy about Ethan’s diabetes management when I am not logging those numbers. The only numbers that stick in my head are the highs, but I lose all track of where he was the previous time he tested and therefore have no good grasp on what (if anything) needs to change in terms of meal ratios or basal rates. I feel like I’m just shooting in the dark. When I do log regularly, I can easily spot trends and can also make notes if needed.
Thankfully, my dear friend Kate came to the rescue by sending us a sampling of some of the great materials that Sanofi provides to newly diagnosed kids in the UK…including two log books! Since they arrived, I have been logging faithfully. Does it change anything about Ethan’s health? Not really. But it does give me a sense of empowerment, knowing that I have all of the information that is available to me right now and the ability to make more informed decisions about his daily care.
It has been one year since Ethan’s DKA experience and I am so very thankful for technology. Here’s hoping for another uneventful year!