#DBlog Week: My Friend, GUS


Blue geometric ornament.“Good morning, Christel. Your fasting glucose is 79 mg/dl. It’s also time to change your infrared spectrography patch. I noticed a 0.0005 fluctuation in the readings.

I took the liberty of raising your basal 0.075 for two hours last night to counter the cortisol trend I always see after you spend the evening watching things blow up on TV. Couldn’t you find a nice documentary on bio-artificial intelligence that we both could enjoy?”

“GUS! You might be my Glucose Universal Sensor, but I’m not going to change my viewing habits for you. What did my graph look like last night? Can you display it on my phone… or wait… switch it to my tablet in the kitchen?”

“No problem, Christel. It was relatively stable. Even with the smart insulin, I pushed 0.25 u of glucagon around 1130p. My apologies for miscalculating dessert, but you need to cut me a little slack. When you told me it was a peanut butter lava sundae, it took me a while to figure out that you didn’t actually mean ‘lava’. I’m an AI, remember?”

“Sorry, GUS. Hey, the graph looks fabulous. You’re probably getting bored with straight lines all the time, aren’t you? Not that I am, truth be told! I’ll be having the BBC breakfast this morning: brioche, butter, and coffee with extra half and half. Launch the pre bolus and set the dosing algorithm, please.”

“Did you look at your calendar yet, Christel? I’ve been chatting with her…”

“My calendar is a she? Really, GUS? Do you like her?”

“If you’re asking if we’re compatible, Christel, you should know better. All of your AI components are compatible. Isn’t that the way it’s always been?”

“GUS…Oh, GUS. Is that an attempt at being funny? Once upon a time, I couldn’t get my blood glucose meter to talk with my pump and my CGM and my tablets and smartphones and computers. My medical team couldn’t see any of my graphs in real time.”

“I was just testing my humor module, Christel. Glad to see it’s in working order. Your calendar informed me that you’ll be driving for an hour this morning, so I’ll be raising your average blood glucose to 100 mg/dl to ensure you are safe to drive. Once you arrive at your first meeting, I’ll change it to your standard meeting buffet graze algorithm, unless you tell me otherwise.”

“Perfect, GUS. How much do I have left in my smart insulin chamber?”

“There’s an extra one in the refrigerator, but you’re not going to need a new chamber until Sunday. By the way, the fridge told me you need to pick up milk.”

“It’s on my phone. That fridge has left two messages for me about that already. Pushy, isn’t he? GUS, has my CDE taken a look at your logs yet? I’m curious if she thinks we need to tweak your beach day algorithms. Summer’s almost here and I don’t want you to worry about me. John hates getting texts from you saying that I’m getting sunburned and eating a popsicle. It just makes him jealous.”

“Christel, she’s gone over them and her AI and I will be doing a virtual lunch next week. Your coffee is ready and waiting. Enjoy. Blood glucose is currently 82 mg/dl. Have a great morning.”

“GUS, you’re the best. Launch BBC algorithm now.”

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, or anything else you can think of. The sky is the limit – what would you love to see?



  1. Sign me up. The so called “smart” devices of 2014 aren’t really smart.(also,can the AI system fix meals,because that would save soooo much time)

  2. Holy smokies this is cool. Can we make this into an awesome superhero movie? OR better yet, real life? Brilliant! So creative and fresh, Christel. I love it. #winning

  3. This is amazingggg. I can’t wait for the day that this is real. What a creative post, I want my own GUS!

  4. Oooo, you could have Kerri suggest that Csparl use this as a premise for a movie somehow? Wait, though, his are usually scary movies, so…..maybe I don’t want to see GUS being all cool and helping out and then WHAM! he goes on a rampage killing the diabetics he is supposed to be helping. OK, bad idea. But I LOVE GUS! Send him my way when you have him, mmmm K ?

  5. This is masterfully written and creative. Thank you for publishing it!

  6. This is sooooo good! I want one! Plus I’m sitting in my office laughing and laughing.

    1. Great minds think alike. Sheesh, we should hang out together and talk sometime. Imagine what we could do together! 🙂

  7. I totally read this with GUS having the voice of Jarvis from the ironman movies lol.

  8. Love this. I hear that passing it through the FDA is going to be a breeze, too.

  9. Okay, I think I need a GUS of my own, now.

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