Dream Device

Diabetes Blog Week ButtonI’m taking the wildcard prompt today for Diabetes Blog Week 2013, because all of my acrylics are buried under fingerpaints and Play-Doh. Someday soon I’ll drag the canvases back out, but for now, you get my dream device. Here’s the prompt: Tell us what your fantasy diabetes device would be? Think of your dream blood glucose checker, delivery system for insulin or other meds, magic carb counter, etc etc etc. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?

It’s pretty much already here. The Artificial (or Bionic) Pancreas project that everyone talks about is almost my dream device. I wish that I was still living up in New England to be a part of the clinical trials, but I can wait a little while longer. Of course, I’d make some modifications…

No more calibrating fingerpricks; the dream device would use a sensor scanned through the skin to measure capillary blood glucose. (I recognize that we’d still need a needle insertion for the CGM and the insulin/glucagon delivery.

The device would be smaller than my current pump (especially the CGM). We’d use a concentrated insulin/glucagon setup, so that a little cartridge of each would last a lot longer.

Those would be the only two things on the dream device that isn’t currently available on the AP that is in clinical trials right now. We’re so close. So very close…

  1. Nice post. I pulled the same wild card today.

    The AP trials that are underway are showing lots of positive results. It would be very cool if this could become a reality sooner than later.

    1. I realize it’s not a cure, but for me, I could happily float through my days with the AP.

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