[acb-diabetics] Accessible CGM's
veronica at laurelcreekmusic.com
Mon Nov 8 00:21:23 GMT 2010
Actually, I have sat down with a sighted friend who uses CGM and I
have thought a lot about how we'd want the data presented. What they
see is a number and arrows to show whether it's trending up or down.
The dip of the arrow is sharper if it's a fast drop and flatter if
it's a slow one, for instance. We could get at everything we'd need
using simple speech for the number and rising or falling tones to
match the simple graph. The system has alarms to indicate when you're
out of range, either high or low. No problem making two different
sounds, one for high and one for low. You can look at past readings
like we do now in a glucose meter. It's just that the numbers would
be every 20 minutes instead of every time we did a manual test. My
biggest concerns with them aren't actually blindness related.
Sometimes once the low alarm goes off, you can't shut it up until
you're actually back up again. All my friends complain about this in
the middle of the night. Sometimes they get into crazy states when
the sensor gets too far away from the transmitter and stuff like
that. You have to calibrate them against your regular meter when you
first insert a new sensor. Some people have trouble with the tape on
the sensors. They're making a lot of progress though and they can be
a good way of learning what's happening in between finger sticks.
But there is absolutely no excuse for not having these things
accessible to us. None!
That's my nickel's worth! <grin.>
Diabetes Melodious is here!
Veronica Elsea, Owner
Laurel Creek Music Designs
Santa Cruz, California
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